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Ask a "Silly" Question / Re: australian made Cabbing machines
« on: March 21, 2021, 07:18:56 AM »
Lapidary Slab Supplies based in Mackay Qld are worth a look for locally made cabbing machines.  They have a website but also on Facebook.


My CabKing (purchased from Aussie Sapphire and made in USA) did a great job for me but I'll be looking at local options when it's due to replace.


Cheers,
Fullerton

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Fossicking Locations / Re: mackay gold and crystals
« on: March 10, 2021, 10:43:10 PM »
Your recollections may involve the Mount Britton area west of Mackay.  As a relatively new resident to Mackay, I haven't explored there yet but have read about it and seen a few YouTube videos of the old gold mining area 

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Forum Announcements & Rules / Re: ALF running on new host :)
« on: March 04, 2021, 07:45:27 PM »
Great work Makky  :)


And thanks to Aussie Sapphire for enabling this process  beers


Cheers,
Fullerton

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Fossicking Locations / Re: Areas now Closed in Nth NSW..
« on: November 08, 2020, 10:33:36 PM »
I haven't fossicked around Stannifer since the 2011 Brisbane floods when we stayed extra days while roads in the region dried out. I have fond memories of the great jelly beans to be found there (and never sold any of them). I was happy to put money back into the small Tingha community (caravan park, service station, take away store, etc).


It was always near top of my list to get back there but will forgo that with the increasing restrictions  :'( [size=78%]    [/size]

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Cabbing and More / Re: Marking Out Cabochons
« on: July 05, 2020, 08:42:06 PM »
Have used the aluminium rod, black permanent marker and lead pencil.  All have worked fine.


Just don't use a permanent black marker on porous materials ... it soaks in and you have to grind off material to get rid of the ink.


I probably use a lead pencil 90% of the time.


Cheers,
Fullerton

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Show off your Gems / Re: Is this Septarian? Help please
« on: April 01, 2020, 09:14:31 PM »
There have been occasional septarian nodules in that area. Nodules are common in the area though

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Show off your Gems / Re: Fossils
« on: March 28, 2020, 07:36:30 PM »
Very nice specimens Leabutterflies  :)

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Show off your Gems / Re: Is this Septarian? Help please
« on: March 28, 2020, 07:35:29 PM »
Where are they from (rough area, nothing prcise)? That sometimes helps if sepatrians are known from the region.


They don't have the classic webbing on outside but still similar enough to pose the question. Could easily just be concretions or standard nodules.


But I wouldn't rule out septarian nodules. Only cutting will give you a definitive answer.


Cheers,
Fullerton

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Gemstone Discussions / Re: Can you name and roughly appraise these gems?
« on: February 12, 2020, 11:26:54 PM »
Know what most of them are and value range .... but seen this type of first post from a new member before ... fishing for some potential sales me thinks!?  ;)










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Fossicking Locations / Re: Places to find radioactive rocks?
« on: September 02, 2019, 09:38:05 PM »
Mary Kathleen is an obvious site (I didn't read through all the responses, so apologies if already mentioned) ... supposed to be plenty of hot rocks still there and publicaly accessible - though in NW Qld and 1800km from Brisbane.


Another NW Qld site is the Milo deposit about 100m north of the Barkly Highway, about 40km west of Cloncurry. From memory, this site was gouged and a 5 tonne sample taken decades ago. A uranium ore is still present as small greenish - yellow pieces.  This site still has prospects for rare earths and uranium ores.

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Forum Announcements & Rules / Re: 1500 Carat Rough Emerald
« on: July 09, 2019, 10:18:42 PM »
How's it look in natural light (not backlit)?

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Forum Announcements & Rules / Re: 1500 Carat Rough Emerald
« on: July 07, 2019, 12:33:22 PM »
He may have just been fishing for a buyer  ::) ;)

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Forum Announcements & Rules / Re: 1500 Carat Rough Emerald
« on: July 06, 2019, 08:18:09 PM »
1500 ct rough emerald of facet grade? I'd love to see a pic of that.


Do you know the provenance of your emerald specimen? Has it been reputably identified and certified including if it's treated or natural? These factors could have a significant bearing on current and post-cut value.


Hope it works out for you, could be an amazing piece.

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Gemstone Discussions / Re: Can anyone identify this stone for me?
« on: January 31, 2019, 09:00:43 AM »
Botryoidal chalcedony on basalt with minor agate ... nice specimen and a good start to 'fossicking'.

I don't think Lamington National Park will suddenly implode from this breach but best to focus on finding rocks outside the national park in future. 

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Tumblers and Media / Re: Cerium oxide
« on: November 02, 2018, 09:55:32 PM »

I don't know anything of praseodymium but generally I do a lot of trial and error to work out what's best with polishing. Keep in mind, sometimes its not just the polishing compound but the polishing pad material that may bring improvements eg. a leather pad gives a better result for me than a canvas pad for quartz-based cabs.

I have a guide from the Gem Cutters News 3/98. The polishing compounds and recommendations for many lapidary materials as follows:

Key:   CO - Cerium Oxide, CH - Chrome Oxide, DI - Diamond, LA - Linde A, TO - Tin Oxide

Actinolite: TO Agate:  CO, TO Alabaster:  TO Amozonite: TO Amber: TO Amblygonite: TO Andalucite: TO Apatite: LA, CH Aventurine: TO Azurite: TO, CH Apophyllite: CH Aragonite: CH Axinite: CO Barite: CH Benitoite: CO Beryl: CO, TO, DI Bloodstone: LA Brazilianite: TO Calcite: TO, CH Cassiterite: TO Celestite: CH Cerossite: CH Chrysoberyl: DI Coral: TO Corundum: DI Cubic Zirconia: DI Danburite: TO Datolite: TO Diopside: CH Dioptase: CO Diorite: CO, TO, LA, CH Enstatite: TO Epidote: TO
Labradorite: TO, CH Lapis Lazuli: TO, LA, CH Lepidolite: CH Limestone: CO, TO, LA, CH Malachite: TO, LA, CH Moonstone: TO Nephrite: TO, LA, CH Obsidian: TO, CH Onyx: CO, TO, CH Opal: CO, TO Peridot: TO, LA, DI Petrified Wood: CO, TO, LA, CH Phenacite: TO Pollucite: TO Quartz: CO, TO Rhodochrosite: TO, LA, CH Rhodonite: CO, LA, CH Ruby: DI Rutile: LA Sapphire: DI Scapolite: CO Scheelite: CH Serpentine: TO, LA, CH Smithsonite: TO Sodalite: CO Sosolite: CO Spinel: TO, LA, DI Spahlerite: CH Spodumene: TO Sunstone: TO Thompsonite: CO Tiger-eye: CO, TO, LA Titanite (sphene): TO
Euclase: TO Feldspar: CO, TO Fluorite: TO, CH Garnet: CO, TO, LA, DI, CH Goldstone: CO, TO Hematite: CO Hickoryite: LA Howlite: CO, TO, LA, CH Hypersthene: TO Jadeite: CO, TO, LA, CH Jasper: CO, TO, LA, CH Kyanite: TO
Topaz: TO, LA, DI Tourmaline: TO, LA, DI Turquoise: CO, TO, LA Unakite: CO Varicite: CO, TO, LA Vesuvianite: CO Williamsite: LA Wonderstone: TO, LA, Wulfenite: CH Zircon: TO Zoisite: CO

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