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Holiday Break Announcement

Posted September 26, 2007 By AussieSapphire

As usual, we will be taking a short break during the school holidays next week to spend some time with the kids at the beach.  Last posting day will be Friday 28th September- just two days away so if you are considering a purchase, act soon or delivery will be delayed.

We will be away from the office 30th September – 9th October

We will be checking email while we are away so feel free to contact us any time – queries that require us to look at any item in person will have to wait until we return to the office and parcels will not be despatched until we return to work on the 10th October.

Remember, last posting day is 28th September.  No problems to put any item on hold for you while we are away – just email/call us to arrange this or purchase the item normally through our checkout and we will process your order on our return.

cheers from Andrew and Leah Lane (Aussie Sapphire)

Faceting Machines

Posted September 9, 2007 By Admin

There are many ways to get involved in the gem hobby.  Many people start by fossicking which requires little equipment.  Once they get a collection of gems together, most start to wonder what is the next step.  We recommend that beginners to this interest consider investing in a small tumbler as this is a great way to polish up your finds and make them even more attractive. 

However, those who want to get involved at the highest level need to find a FACETING MACHINE and learn the art of gem cutting.  It’s not that hard – many learn from books/videos and there are always willing helpers to guide you along. To become an expert takes time but a novice can usually turn out their first cut Gem in just a few days.  A rewarding, and challenging pastime for young and old.

 Gemmasta GF4 faceting machineFacetron faceting machineHal Mark IV Faceting MachineRaytech Rock Tumbler

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Diprotodon fossils

Posted September 5, 2007 By Admin

As mentioned in the last post, one of the more unusual items shown to us last weekend was a small box of fossils collected from the Reddestone Creek some years ago.  This was particularly interesting as Andrew remembers when the University of New England did this dig so seeing the fossils brought back quite a few memories.

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A number of different species were found during the dig but the Diprotodon is probably the most well known.  Andrew is seen here holding a Diprotodon tooth along with the cover of a book showing what a complete skull would look like.  These giant marsupials were part of the Megafauna group and were quite common across Australia through the Pleistocene era.

 See these articles for more information on the Diprotodon.

Thanks to Bob Irish of the Glen Innes Gem Club for bringing these (and some other interesting gems) around to show us – we appreciate it.

cheers for now from Andrew and Leah (Aussie Sapphire)

Emmaville Gemfest

Posted September 5, 2007 By AussieSapphire

Last weekend saw another successful Emmaville Gemfest.  There were more visitors this year with some travelling from Victoria for fossicking in the area.  Some fossickers came back empty handed but everyone seemed to enjoy themselves – we saw a few pieces of emerald from Saturday’s trip that were smallish (between 1 and 2 carats) but with excellent colour.  Other field trips were run for silver, molydenum and jellybean quartz.

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Trade was excellent for Aussie Sapphire and the other stalls seemed busy also.  Lots of people stopping by for a chat with plenty of interesting things to look at – great to talk to some regular customers and online forum friends.  One particularly interesting item was a small box of diprotodon fossils shown to us by Bob Irish of the Glen Innes Gem Club – more on this in the next post…

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The Emmaville Gemfest is an excellent little show with fantastic atmosphere.  Great to see it becoming more popular as it is supporting a wonderful asset to the area – the Emmaville Mining Museum.  Luckily the weather was great for the weekend – winter has returned this week but the Emmaville visitors got a taste of a New England springtime that is sure to have them returning for more. 

Cheers for now from Andrew and Leah (Aussie Sapphire)