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lanchie76

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telltails
« on: October 14, 2009, 09:15:40 AM »
hey guys

as most of you know im new to fossicking with only 3 weekends under my belt. i live in brissy and have to travel around 4-5 hours to the nearest fossicking areas around warwick and stanthorpe (and im starting to get the impression that they are picked clean). the newest information i can get about these areas are anywhere from 10 to 40 years old and the locals that man the info desks dont really know anything except where the places are. i have read a few books on fossicking but most again are just general info on the subject and again old information most writen in the 70's. im starting to feel like a blind man digging with the hope of seeing a sign "heres a gemstone"

ok heres my question does anyone know some really good books or websites that has what telltails to look for when looking for different gems, gold, etc? ie if the mineral ... is found in a creek then there is a fair chance ... gemstone is there too.

if the are any experenced fossickers around brissy i'd love to meet you and chew the fat about the subject.

thanks
Ben


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Re: telltails
« Reply #1 on: October 14, 2009, 10:55:14 AM »
Ben I hear that if you find a lot of black spinel there's sapphires around.
Keep em comin!!!

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Re: telltails
« Reply #2 on: October 14, 2009, 11:26:29 AM »
If you see John Paix in a creek, then assume sapphire is there also!
 ;D
JAD



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Re: telltails
« Reply #3 on: October 14, 2009, 12:03:49 PM »
lanchie76, I highly, HIGHLY recommend you go just an hour further into Glen Innes or Inverell and go sapphire hunting.. Spend at least one of your days at one of the parks like Billabong Blue to ensure you come back with something. It will re-affirm your will to fossick.

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Re: telltails
« Reply #4 on: October 14, 2009, 12:19:28 PM »
Hi Ben,
Have you been to Mt Tamborine? ... you can get some good thundereggs there. 

There's probably plenty of topaz & smokeys still at Stanthorpe/Glen Aplin but you'll probably have to do some detective work to find good locations .... if you find good smokeys you should also find some topaz.  The trick is to find an area that hasn't been dug .... so you probably need to be away from the easy access places.  Watch out for snakes !  The local lapidary club would be worth contacting ... I think there used to be someone who did fossicking tours in that area ... also maybe contact the Blue Topaz Caravan Park?

I also agree with Andrew ..... have a think about the Torrington/Glen Innes/Inverell area ..... still plenty to be found there :D  Go out with John on Wednesday, spend a day at Billabong Blue & visit Stannifer/Tingha Sands.  Three great fossicking days.
Regards, Paul

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Re: telltails
« Reply #5 on: October 21, 2009, 12:41:49 PM »
A Good Book, my recomendation is "Prospecting for gold", by ION L. IDRIESS, third edition, enlarged, Angus & Robertson Ltd 1932.
Its the only prospecting book I can find on the shelf so must be good. Otherwise I use DPI minview with google earth.

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Re: telltails
« Reply #6 on: October 22, 2009, 02:13:41 PM »
One of the best books you can get is "Field collecting gemstones and minerals" by the late great Sinkankas..it's what evey mine owner around here has..it's more for the advanced collector than a newbie but it's about the best you can get for field collecting..i think a used copy on amazon last time i checked was around $100..might be less now but it's one book anyone who is serious about rockhounding/fossiking should own..

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Re: telltails
« Reply #7 on: October 22, 2009, 02:15:50 PM »
Is that dedicated to the US rockhound or can it be used with a view for anywhere in the world?
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Re: telltails
« Reply #8 on: October 22, 2009, 06:02:46 PM »
Sinkankas was a international man..it's for anywhere there are rocks and pegmatites and gemstones and what have you..he was not aussie rock biased ;D..LOL

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Re: telltails
« Reply #9 on: October 22, 2009, 10:09:02 PM »
Oh no, you're not gonna start singin replies again are you?  ;)  ;D
Keep em comin!!!

lanchie76

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Re: telltails
« Reply #10 on: November 05, 2009, 02:25:10 PM »
thanks guys

sorry about the long time replying just moved house and have only got the internet back on. i'll have a look at all the books you've sugested and am trying to get down to glen innes but life is abit heckit atm

cheers

ben

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