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Do you fossick for gemstones and where do you go to find them?

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Gem stones by Jeltovski via morgueFile
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Wouldn't it be lovely to have some jewellery made from stones you found yourself?

Do you fossick for gemstones and where do you go to find them?

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My husband and I hope to holiday in the Queensland Sapphire fields and do some fossicking there. This is in central QLD around the towns of Emerald, Sapphire, Anakie and Rubyvale. We don't expect a big find we just want to have some fun looking.

About 140 kms from Alice Springs at Gemtree on the Plenty Highway are the Mud Tank Zircon Fields and apparently it is very easy to find semi precious stones there.

At Mt Hay near Rockhampton you can fossick for thundereggs.

We have not been to any of these places yet but they are on our bucket list.
I'm just totally in LOVE with your pic!
All those wonderful stones, all colours.

I have never been looking for gemstones, so I would not know where to go....I would look on Google myself, as they seem to cover a big area of info....that's if people really are serious.
My brother did do it years ago.
He made some wonderful items for his wife, but it took quite some time.
Grinding down the stones to fit the rings.
He loved every moment!
When I was much younger I was into gemstones and stuff. However I have left this interest in the distant past.
How exciting. I've never been, but I imagine it would be a lot of fun.
by Vee
I haven't been fossicking for years but when I was a child my parents used to to take my sister and I on camping holidays in western NSW during the school holidays. Tooraweenah, near Gilgandra, was a popular spot, as were the famous opal mining settlements of Lightening Ridge and White Cliffs. The stone in which the brightly coloured opal is found is known as potch, and although this is a plain marbly grey colour, it looks gorgeous which polished...especially when mixed with some of the brilliant green and orange colours that are characteristic of opal.
No, that is something I have never done.

Have a friend in the US who does it with her husband, and she has sent me the most beautiful stone -sadly I lost it as it fell out of the ring I had made......don't have the heart to tell her.
by Finy
We took our son fossicking once. His Father & he enjoyed it.
I was bored witless, just read a book!
Was thrilled for my son as he found a 'speck' of something!
From time to time I do. I have a glass brick which is gradually being filled up with colourful stones. The colours attract me.
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