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Title: Shed fossicking on a wet day
Post by: TG on November 29, 2009, 03:40:39 PM
In the past I have gone fossicking and particularly in a good area, I have kept the centres from the small seive to save time, thinking that I would look at them at a later date.
Today was a rainy day. All the family was asleep so I decided to go through some old centres that I'd kept, 3-8 mm. I found 23.29 carats of sapphires to send overseas to be cut, the largest weighing 1 carat. 26.6 carats of zircon and 110.8 carats of fractured and non-gem quality sapphire. I still have 2 1/2 buckets to go. How good are your wet days? I'm pretty proud of mine.

P.S. Its a wet day. I'm bored and I'm on call so I have to stay at home.
Title: Re: Shed fossicking on a wet day
Post by: mehoose on November 29, 2009, 04:01:43 PM
LOL TG, good going.
I go down into my dungeon, get a small bowl of water and wet all the contents in my ice cream containers. Generally safe the small yowah rough to last as the icing on the cake.  :D
AND the bad move on a wet day is to go to the discard pile in the garden. I always tend to pick sumthin up and put it back into a container.  ::)
Title: Re: Shed fossicking on a wet day
Post by: mg on November 29, 2009, 06:44:49 PM
We also take our centers home, exceptional therapy. It counteracts the withdrawal symptons. I put them on a mirror, I'm amazed at times at what shows up.
Title: Re: Shed fossicking on a wet day
Post by: Findem on November 29, 2009, 08:43:32 PM
Hear hear
Title: Re: Shed fossicking on a wet day
Post by: Exswede on November 29, 2009, 09:34:39 PM
I'm not alone !! I am normal....

Hmmmm, normal maybe a bit of a stretch ( better state it before anyone does  ::)  ;D ), however I am not that strange after all.

The problem though here in south east QLD, is to find rainy days the last few years, things gets a bit backed up so to say...

TG I am amazed though with the amount of carat's you dug out, way to go...

Anders
Title: Re: Shed fossicking on a wet day
Post by: mg on November 30, 2009, 08:25:26 AM
Hi Anders,
For a minute or two then I thought I was going to see "normal" and "fossicker" used in the same sentence. I've haven't seen that yet.
Regards,
Michael.
Title: Re: Shed fossicking on a wet day
Post by: Fullerton on November 30, 2009, 06:51:29 PM
I would love to have a few wet days to sort through my rough!  

In north west Queensland, it usually doesn't rain between March and December so I seem to just keep stock-piling all year (during the long dry season anyway).  I mostly fossick for amethysts and garnets but rarely use a fine sieve for these .... but still end up with buckets of speculative material.  Currently have two buckets and a garbage bin full of material to sort into facetable and non-facetable stones.  

.... have thought a little more about this (hence my edited post) and yes, I do have these types of days.  It's when its over 40 degrees and too hot to do anything else so I go under my high-set Queenslander style house and sort through my stones in the shade!

Your post also made me think about what's the smallest size for a facetable sapphire?  I have a small collection of modest sized stones from previous trips to the Glen Innes area and my university days at Armidale.

Cheers,
Fullerton
Title: Re: Shed fossicking on a wet day
Post by: geriatricgipsy on December 02, 2009, 11:56:09 PM
Hi Fullerton, I usually never send less than match head size sapphires overseas, but a really clear, bright colour sapphire smaller than that will return you a 1mm round brilliant and is worth sending.  They make good 'shoulder stones' for ring settings.  I would not waste my money on lesser value gemstones, though.  luv & kisses, Patrick.