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Too Many Gems!

Posted August 20, 2007 By Admin

Of course, you can never have too many gems.  But we have a large stock of gems that we just cant seem to find time to list – this makes it a bit hard for our customers to really see what we have tucked away in the safe.

SOLUTION:  Our new “Sneak Preview” section lets us give you a taste of what we have in stock but have not yet had time to catalogue properly.  The first lot of these are some new tourmaline just finished – mixed colours (mostly pink and green with some other colours as well) and shapes (baguette, round, oval, pear, heart, square and emerald cuts).  Really pleased with how these look at a glance so can’t wait to get into them properly. 

These are individually packaged in plastic wrap sheets – lots of work to measure, photograph and describe each stone so this is just a quick snap of each sheet before we start on this big job. 

Mixed colour and size tourmaline gems from Aussie Sapphire 

If anything catches your eye, just let us know the sheet number and row/column label so we can describe and photograph it for you.

Dont worry – we are planning to get some extra help in the office starting in October so we can get these gems and many more listed properly.

cheers for now from Andrew and Leah (Aussie Sapphire

Auctions are back!

Posted August 15, 2007 By Admin

It has been quite a while since we ran any Ebay auctions for sapphire rough but we thought we might put a few on just for fun.  This is a great opportunity for all cutters and collectors out there to secure some nice Reddestone sapphire at great prices. 

Check out our current auctions here.

This lot includes a few nice blues and some good parti (yellows) sapphires – photos for just two of them are included here to whet your appetite:

Blue Sapphire - Aussie SapphireParti - yellow/blue sapphire - Aussie Sapphire

It is obvious from talk around the traps that the supply of good gemstone rough is generally becoming more difficult in most markets.  There are a few reasons for this but the end result for cutters everywhere is prices are going up.  As always, you have to pay well for good rough – expecting to get the best rough for super cheap prices will most likely leave you disappointed. 

However, as a promotion, we do run these 99 cent auctions from time to time, so you might as well try your luck.  You just may get a bargain price.  Still some good rough on our main website and more to list so make sure you check these out also.

Have still got some good tourmaline rough in stock so check out these listings or contact us if you are looking for something not yet online.

cheers for now from Andrew and Leah (Aussie Sapphire)

Emmaville Gemfest

Posted August 4, 2007 By AussieSapphire

The Emmaville Gemfest and Swap Meet is coming up soon.  Run as a fundraiser for the Emmaville Mining Museum, this is a great little show for people who like to mix their gem shows with a bit of hands-on fossicking.

Emmaville Mining Museum Gemfest
at the Emmaville Caravan Park
1st, 2nd and 3rd September 2007

Field trips will be run for tin, topaz, flourite, quartz, silver, tourmaline and copper.  Field trips cost $5 for half days or $10 for full days and leave from the Caravan Park.

Barbeque will be run at the caravan park for the 3 days and there will be market stalls and tailgaters present offering some great gems and minerals.  You might even catch Aussie Sapphire there on Saturday and/or Sunday.

For more information, contact the Emmaville Mining Museum on (02) 6734 7025, Ron Jillett on (02) 6734 7210 or Kay Schroder on (02) 6734 7281.  Accommodation is available at the Emmaville Caravan Park (phone Trevor & Debbie Lowe on 0429 333122), the Tatts Hotel (02 6734 7309) or the Club Hotel (02 6734 7304.

This is a great time of year to be visiting the area and the Emmaville locals will make you feel right at home.  The Emmaville Mining Museum is a fantastic resource for anyone interested in rocks, gems and mining history so please support Gemfest which helps keep the museum operating.

cheers for now from Andrew and Leah Lane (Aussie Sapphire)

Lightning Ridge DVD

Posted August 2, 2007 By Admin

Regular readers may know that Andrew spent last weekend at the Lightning Ridge Opal Show.  As always, this was an enjoyable weekend catching up with friends on the gem show circuit and doing some buying and selling.  Of course, the unique thing about Lightning Ridge is the amazing landscape and wonderful black opal to be found there.

dvd4.jpgWhile at “The Ridge”, Andrew came across this great DVD hot off the press (released in July 2007). Coincidentally, the producer Harold Konz hails from Inverell and is an old friend from way back so we got a few to sell on our website. 

The DVD features 63 minutes of video and information about Lightning Ridge – the people, history, tourist attractions, festivals and opal mining/cutting. 

These are now available direct from our website so we invite you to take a look at this amazing part of Australia.  Of course, Andrew was not able to resist bringing back some opal either so if you are looking for a little bit of colour, just give us a call.

cheers for now from Andrew and Leah Lane (Aussie Sapphire)