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nwnsw

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Advice needed - large collection of unidentified specimens
« on: October 07, 2018, 03:38:20 PM »
Hi everyone!

I was hoping to get some thoughts and advice from the lovely people here.

I have a very large collection of stones/specimens that are mostly all unidentified.  When I say large, I mean that the collection, when its all in one place, would fill a standard sized garden shed full of buckets and tubs.

99% of what I have, I have no idea what it is and identifying it all seems like a massive task when I don't know the first thing about what I'm looking at.

Since I don't know what I have, I have no idea if any of it is of any value.  For this reason, I've been hesitant to just contact a local group and tell everyone where this huge stash is - when I don't know the people or know what sort of characters they are (honest or otherwise).

Background - I purchased a property a bit under 2 years ago which had belonged to a very keen fossicker/lapidarist.  The property was sold with sheds etc still full of belongings that they had no interest in moving.  This collection comes from these sheds etc. 

Does anybody have any ideas or suggestions about how I can get started with identifying and valuing what I have?

Thanks

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Re: Advice needed - large collection of unidentified specimens
« Reply #1 on: October 07, 2018, 03:51:59 PM »
What area are you in? And Welcome to ALF....

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Re: Advice needed - large collection of unidentified specimens
« Reply #2 on: October 07, 2018, 06:09:50 PM »
Hi & welcome to the forum.  If you are able, go through what you have and pick out what catches your eye the most. Then wet them and take pics of the ones you've selected. Then try posting them onto the Alf gallery. ( Remember the pics need reformatting to a size that suit the gallery). With some luck you'll get some good feedback in identifying the prettier ones.
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Re: Advice needed - large collection of unidentified specimens
« Reply #3 on: October 07, 2018, 07:39:19 PM »
 Sorry I forgot to mention - I'm in the New England area, not far from Glen Innes

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Re: Advice needed - large collection of unidentified specimens
« Reply #4 on: October 07, 2018, 07:58:40 PM »
Stone the crows. A shed full of sapphires.

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Re: Advice needed - large collection of unidentified specimens
« Reply #5 on: October 07, 2018, 10:41:05 PM »
NWNSW, I'd start by putting up a series of photos on this post showing any equipment, faceting rough, opals, rock slabs, specimens etc. The forum will be able to advise if you have anything of value or something that requires further investigation. I have seen many rock collections and they do vary a lot. At least the initial advice you would get here would be unbias towards any agenda.

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Re: Advice needed - large collection of unidentified specimens
« Reply #6 on: October 08, 2018, 07:33:36 AM »
First, welcome to the forum nwnsw. Without at least a few photos, as Gem Ranger said, preferable wet, its hard to judge what you have. The area you're in is well know for its gemstones, sapphires being the best known. The photos would  be the best starting point. I understand about the trust thing, I inherited a largish stamp collection with a large face value. I wanted to get an idea of value but didn't know anyone in that business and wasn't sure who to trust. Clubs are probably the safest place to start, but as has been suggested, a few photos here wouldn't hurt and should give you a rough idea.
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Re: Advice needed - large collection of unidentified specimens
« Reply #7 on: October 08, 2018, 08:23:34 AM »
Welcome to ALF NWNSW. :)   Do what the other guys advised.  Pictures can be posted after 5 posts.
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Re: Advice needed - large collection of unidentified specimens
« Reply #8 on: October 08, 2018, 12:00:04 PM »
You could take some into Dave Innes from the Inverell Rock Shop @ 26 Ring st Inverell and he will have a look and can tell you what you have... ;)

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Re: Advice needed - large collection of unidentified specimens
« Reply #9 on: October 09, 2018, 08:44:36 AM »
Thanks for the advice everyone!

I have added a new post with some pics to get started  :)

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