Useful Links

Lapidary Suppliers

Ashworths, Home Hill:

Aussie Sapphire Lapidary Warehouse:

Australian Jewellers Supplies, Brisbane & all branches:

Gemcuts – Lapidary & Jewellery Tools:

GemHunters Haven:

Gemworld, Brisbane:

Shell-lap Supplies Pty Ltd, Adelaide:

Gemstones & Jewellery

LA Gems (premier QLD suppliers of quality cast settings – pendants, rings, earrings):

Crystal / Fossil Encounters:

BK Minerals (quality mineral and fossil specimens): 

Mineral Store (quality mineral specimens and calendars featuring gemstones):

Other Clubs & Community Links

Australian Gem Show calendar:

Australian Lapidary Club Listings:

Australian Facetors Guild:

AFLACA (listing of rock and gem clubs):

Mineralogical Societies of Australasia:

“Rockhounds” community on Reddit: /r/rockhounds/

American Geode (“Rockhounding” in North America):


Queensland Government website:

Fossicking locations, licences (gold and gemstone fossicking in SE QLD):

Fossicking in NSW State Forests:

Old Reference Material

Google book scan of ‘Practical Geology and Mineralogy: With Instructions for the Qualitative Analysis of Minerals’ Published in 1841:

More Reading & Interesting Articles:

Latest discovery in Flinders Ranges, SA indicates megafauna lived alongside Aboriginal Australians. See ABC Science article dated 3 November 2016:

12 Most Expensive Gemstones in the World

The Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum: Home of the Warren Somerville Collection (Bathurst):

February 2016: Check out this recently-discovered 404.2 carat diamond discovery in Angola (27th biggest discovered in the world):

Check out the ‘high quality’ 1,111 ct diamond discovered at a mine in Botswana

12 Most Expensive Gemstones In The World

Forbes wrote an article on the some of the most expensive known gemstones found to date