Useful Links

Lapidary Suppliers

Ashworths, Home Hill: ashworths.com.au

Aussie Sapphire Lapidary Warehouse: aussiesapphire.com.au

Australian Jewellers Supplies, Brisbane & all branches: ajsonline.com

Gemcuts – Lapidary & Jewellery Tools: gemcuts.com.au

GemHunters Haven: gemhuntershavenaustralia.com

Gemworld, Brisbane: cubbyhousekingdom.com.au/products/show/211/Gemworld

Shell-lap Supplies Pty Ltd, Adelaide: shell-lap.com.au


Gemstones & Jewellery

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

Crystal / Fossil Encounters: crystalencounters.com.au

BK Minerals (quality mineral and fossil specimens): bkminerals.com.au 

Mineral Store (quality mineral specimens and calendars featuring gemstones): mineralstore.com.au


Other Clubs & Community Links

Australian Gem Show calendar:  mineral.org.au/shows/shows

Australian Lapidary Club Listings: lapidaryworld.com/clubs_australia

Australian Facetors Guild: facetorsguild.com.au

AFLACA (listing of rock and gem clubs): aflaca.org.au/members/queensland-lapidary-and-allied-craft-clubs-association-qlacca

Mineralogical Societies of Australasia: mineral.org.au

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

American Geode (“Rockhounding” in North America): americangeode.com


Fossicking

Queensland Government website: qld.gov.au/recreation/activities/fossicking

Fossicking locations, licences (gold and gemstone fossicking in SE QLD): brisbanekids.com.au

Fossicking in NSW State Forests: forestrycorporation.com.au


Old Reference Material

Google book scan of ‘Practical Geology and Mineralogy: With Instructions for the Qualitative Analysis of Minerals’ Published in 1841: https://archive.org/stream/practicalgeolog01trimgoog#page/n7/mode/2up


More Reading & Interesting Articles:

Latest discovery in Flinders Ranges, SA indicates megafauna lived alongside Aboriginal Australians. See ABC Science article dated 3 November 2016: http://tinyurl.com/jlfg3a7

12 Most Expensive Gemstones in the World
http://www.forbes.com/sites/trevornace/2015/11/02/12-most-expensive-gemstones-world/#65c70fba5342

The Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum: Home of the Warren Somerville Collection (Bathurst):
https://www.somervillecollection.com.au/

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

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-02-15/giant-diamond-found-in-angola-by-wa-company-lucapa/7168974

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

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/901227fe-8ee4-11e5-8be4-3506bf20cc2b.html#axzz3sUILXB7F

12 Most Expensive Gemstones In The World

Forbes wrote an article on the some of the most expensive known gemstones found to date http://onforb.es/1PgtEuN

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