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Trip Talk / Fossil and Mineral Museum at Bathurst
« on: April 02, 2021, 09:12:09 AM »
Just back from a trip to Bathurst and Oberon to visit family.  We did take the opportunity to visit the Fossil/Mineral Museum in Bathurst - a very good display.

Forum Announcements & Rules / CLOSURE OF ALF
« on: February 28, 2021, 06:53:53 AM »
It is with great regret that we have to announce that we intend to close the Aussie Lapidary Forum.

Unfortunately, increased costs of hosting have forced this decision on us - last year's increase was significant but another very hefty increase again this year means it is just not economical for us to continue to offer this service.

We started the forum in November 2008 - it has been a great 12 years of discussion and fellowship.  We have been happy to absorb all of the costs associated with the forum since its inception as part of giving back to the fossicking and lapidary community.  Unfortunately, we now feel that a large part of the discussion that was happening on ALF has moved over to various Facebook Groups and the increased costs of running the forum are too high to continue to offer the service to a lower number of regular users.

We send our thanks to all of the forum members that have participated and contributed to ALF - particularly the moderators who have assisted us over the years.  We really appreciate all of your input and I am sure that we will be seeing many of your familiar names at other groups somewhere out there on the web.

If you would like to save any of your photos or posts, now is the time.  Our hosting runs out VERY soon and we will not be renewing so if there is anything you want to save, do it ASAP.

This announcement applies to the forum only - Aussie Sapphire is still going strong.  Although we are struggling with supply of stock from overseas due to covid issues, we are working to overcome these issues and are busy as ever.  We have just in the last 6 months brought in our youngest son Angus as an active member of the business and intend to stick around as a major supplier to the lapidary community for years to come.  Our business facebook page is active and we participate in a number of relevant Facebook Groups where appropriate.  So while we are sorry to see the end of this forum, we will see you round the traps.

Thank you and best wishes from Aussie Sapphire
(Andrew, Leah, Angus and the rest of the team)

Whats New at / Website Upgrade
« on: November 19, 2018, 05:04:33 PM »
Website upgrade is happening TOMORROW !!
Tuesday 20th November 2018

Our website will be unavailable most of the day while we migrate data and get everything ship-shape. We look forward to a new more efficient and convenient system. Products have been shifted around quite a bit but hopefully will be easier to navigate.

Email us if you have any queries or would like to place an order while we are offline -

Cheers Leah

Whats New at / Aussie Sapphire News
« on: November 03, 2018, 08:16:54 AM »
Just a bit of advance notice that we are in the process of upgrading our website.

The new site will hopefully be quite a bit easier to use and we are taking the opportunity to refine how we list items and clear out a bit of deadwood.  Still working on it but we will announce here when it is just about to launch.

One of the new features is that we will be offering Zip Pay as a payment option.  This is kind of a credit system where you can buy goods, get them interest free with a flexible period to pay back over time.  It will be available for orders from $50 up to $1000.  Sorry - due to the higher fees charged by Zip compared to PayPal or credit cards, we are not able to offer any club discounts on Zip Pay orders.  But if you want to smooth out your cash flow, this might be an option you could use.  If you have a Zip Pay account and would like to use this option NOW, just email your order through and we will generate it for you.

We will also be instituting a new discount system for club orders (or orders from people entitled to a club discount).  In the past we have used discount codes but this is a bit clunky and often doesnt work as it should.  So when the new site launches, we will be using a new system where you can add items to the shopping cart and click the "Create Quote from Cart" button - this will reserve your order and we will then apply any relevant discounts and provide our normal payment options (PayPal, Credit Card, Bank Deposit).

We are working to move our customer and order history data over but you may need to reset your password when using the new site.

There will be be more news on this to come.


Shows and Events / Warrnambool 50th Annual Gem Show
« on: January 03, 2018, 06:59:38 AM »
Sorry for late notice on this one but only just saw a posting for it.

Is only on every 2 years so it you miss out this year, will be a while before the next one.


An important Christmas/New Year message from the Aussie Sapphire Team:

# Orders are shipping everyday on time but the volume we are handling is very large.  We ask that you assist in this extra busy time by getting your orders in as soon as possible for Christmas presents or to stock up on your supplies over the holiday period.

#  Last shipping day for this Year is Friday 22nd December - please allow for public holidays when estimating shipping time for these very late parcels.

#  Normal shipping for Online or Email orders only resume on Wednesday the 3rd January 2018.

# The office phone will be unavailable from the 23rd December until the 8th January to allow the Aussie Sapphire Team a short but very well earned break.

# The warehouse will not be open for appointments during this holiday break period to allow us to spend valuable time with family.

# Any general, shipping, pricing or warranty queries during the holiday break period must be emailed.  We will be checking email but the office phone will NOT be answered during this time so for fastest and most efficient contact, always email your query through to

# Normal operations should resume mid January but please assist us by contacting us via email instead of phone wherever possible.  Orders and queries that are received online or via email will will be given first priority over telephone messages.

# Remember you can always stay up to date with Aussie Sapphire news at our
ALF Forum and Facebook page.

Thank you to the thousands of valued customers who have again supported Aussie Sapphire
in 2017 with by far the biggest sales year on record.  We really appreciate your support and look forward to working together in 2018.  For those who are taking a break over the summer, enjoy yourselves - for those who have to work, make sure you make time for family and fun where you can. 

So to summarize:
A.  Get orders in ASAP allowing for shipping time to your location.
B.  Use email so we can help you most efficiently
C.  Have a fantastic holiday break !!

General Discussion / Facebook competition
« on: April 18, 2017, 07:22:35 PM »
For those of you who are on Facebook, there is a competition being run by Destination Glen Innes at the moment.

All you have to do is post a photo of you (or someone you know) fossicking in Glen Innes, add the tag #VisitGlenInnes for a chance to win $150 Celtic Cash.

Visit the facebook page for more info:

Competition finishes at end of April so get your entries in now.


Shows and Events / Inverell Gem and Craft Show
« on: March 16, 2017, 04:40:59 PM »
Inverell and District Lapidary Club Inc. presents the 2017 Gem and Craft Show.

Friday 13th October to 20th October 2017 at Inverell Pioneer Village (Tingha Road) and Lapidary Club Clubhouse (McIlveen Street).

Fossicking excursions, Demonstrations, Traders, Tailgating, Mystery Tour.

Visit Inverell's historic mineral fields. Fossick for crystals, honey citrine, jelly beans, silver, molybdonite, rhodonite, diamonds, fossils, marble, serpentine and much more.

Entry - gold coin donation.

More information here:

2017 Program
  • Thursday 12th - Arrival and Set Up
  • Friday 13th - Gem and Craft Show at Inverell's Pioneer Village. Traders, displays and demonstrations. Catering available.
  • Saturday 14th - Gem and Craft Show at Inverell's Pioneer Village     +  First field trip: King Conrad and Candle Crystal Tour, 4WD only
  • Sunday 15th - Gem and Craft Show at Inverell's Pioneer Village     +  Second field trip: Mount Topper Tour
  • Monday 16th - Open House, Inverell Lapidary Club. Trader displays welcome (free of charge for Gem and Craft Show attendees).      +    Third field trip: Lone Star Tour
  • Tuesday 17th - Open House, Inverell Lapidary Club. Trader displays welcome (free of charge for Gem and Craft Show attendees).              +  Fourth field trip: Marble, Fossil and Serpentine Tour, with a twist.
  • Wednesday 18th - Open House, Inverell Lapidary Club. Trader displays welcome (free of charge for Gem and Craft Show attendees).       + Fifth field trip: Petrified Wood and Jasper Tour, to include a stop for quartzite.
  • Thursday 19th - Open House, Inverell Lapidary Club. Trader displays welcome free of charge for Gem and Craft Show attendees).               +  Sixth field trip: Mystery Tour
  • Friday 20th - Open House, Inverell Lapidary Club. Trader displays welcome (free of charge for Gem and Craft Show attendees).            +  Final field trip: Fossils Galore.

We have one (1) only Gyroc Model B tumbler which has been refurbished as described in the listing below:

230V versions of this model are no longer available from the manufacturer but these have been a really popular unit over the years so if you know someone who has been looking for one, please feel free to refer them to the listing.

I dont expect this one will last long.  As a used machine, only 3 months warranty applies - please make sure you read the listing THOROUGHLY before committing to the purchase.


Shows and Events / Lismore Gemfest
« on: January 25, 2017, 09:26:01 AM »

See website for info closer to the date:


Shows and Events / Illawarra Rock Swap
« on: January 20, 2017, 09:17:25 AM »
Stuart Park, North Wollongong
8am to 2pm
Kids rock scramble at 12 noon.

Shows and Events / Grafton Gem & Craft Show
« on: January 16, 2017, 07:09:50 PM »
Grafton Gem & Craft Show
[/size]Grafton Showgrounds, northern NSW
[/size][/size]Saturday 9am to 4pm
Sunday 9am to 3pm or
phone Mike on 0429 618 331

Shows and Events / Yagoona Gem and Mineral Fair
« on: January 16, 2017, 07:05:51 PM »
Yagoona Gem and Mineral Fair - southwestern Sydney

[/size]Arena Sports Club, 140 Rookwood Road, Yagoona. Hosted by The Bankstown and Districts Lapidary Club and Crystal Habit.
[/size]Traders from around Australia will be displaying their wares as well as displays and demonstrations by the Bankstown & Districts Lapidary Club. Items for sale by the many traders there will include Jewellery, gemstones, beads, opals, carvings, gem rough, lapidary cutting rough, fossils, meteorites, metaphysical and healing crystals, mineral specimens from all over the world. A great day out for the whole family.
[/size]Adults $7, kids with parent/s are free!
[/size]There is also a great lucky door prize for one lucky person who comes! Opening hours are 9:30 till 5:00 on Saturday and 9:30 till 4:00 on Sunday. For more information please contact Peter at [/size] [/size]or 0412 333 150.

Shows and Events / Gunyah Lapidary Club Annual Display
« on: January 16, 2017, 06:56:39 PM »
Gunyah Lapidary Club Annual Display
Mt Cootha Gardens Auditorium - Brisbane SE Qld
Sat 9.00am – 4.00pm and Sun 9.00am – 3.00pm
Ph 07 3266 5060

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