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New Book Section

Posted June 29, 2008 By Admin

We have had quite a few requests from customers asking about books on gemstones and lapidary.  After quite a search to find a good source, we are proud to announce that Aussie Sapphire now carries a range of books that will be of interest.

Please see the Books & DVD category to select from a range of lapidary books covering gem cutting, rock tumbling, jewellery making, gem collecting and more.

Handbook of Gemstones - Cally Hall    Secrets of the Gem Trade - Richard Wise  Rubies and Sapphires - Fred Ward  

These books are imported from the USA so will be ordering new stock periodically – if you are after something that is not listed, please feel free to contact us or browse the catalogues of our affiliate partner Fishpond (use the search box at the top of the list).

Book prices are extremely reasonable and they make fantastic gift ideas so please take a look at our selection.  If you are choosing for someone else, sending a gift voucher allows them to make the perfect choice.

The equipment and lapidary supplies category continues to be very popular with another Gemmasta faceting machine going out last week (replacement machine expected late this week) and lots of gem display cases, laps, tools, etc being despatched each day.  We continue to work on sourcing new products so keep an eye on this section for more bargains to come.

Have just finished another batch of sapphire cutting and in the middle of cutting some nice rough tourmaline so please contact us if you are interested in sourcing anything like this.  Mining continues to be challenging with fuel prices soaring and costs of production generally being too high for the return.  Sapphire rough is in short supply presently but we hope to list a few new pieces in the facet rough section as soon as possible.  This appears to be a general problem with very little sapphire being produced in Australia currently and similar shortages in many of the other producing countries. 

cheers for now from Aussie Sapphire

 

A good few weeks!

Posted June 9, 2008 By AussieSapphire

Despite the challenging economic times, we have actually had a few really good weeks in sales with excellent interest in machinery in particular.

Within the last 3 weeks, have sold two brand new Gemmasta faceting machines and two Indian double-plate machines.  We have a replacement Gemmasta arriving in the next few days and a new Facetron in stock as well as one second hand GF4 Gemmasta.  Remember, we aim to keep machines in stock ready for immediate delivery as we dont like waiting lists either. 

Long waiting times for faceting machine delivery seems to be common in the industry but you wont have this problem with Gemmasta or Facetron.  Think of it this way:  if you have to wait 6 weeks or more just to get the machine, what will happen if you need repairs, spare parts or factory support.  We prefer to deal with companies who take customer support seriously.

We have new stock of tumblers now – Lortone (3A and 33B) and Raytech (Tumble-Vibe 5) with some new mini-sonics arriving soon.  We have some new trim saws in stock and some new products being worked on right now.  Response from the website has been fantastic and is getting better and better so our ultimate aim is to become the one-stop online shop for lapidary equipment and supplies.

One exciting new product line to be added to the website soon is a selection of books on gems and faceting – these are expected to arrive any day now and will be listed as soon as possible.  Check here for an announcement on this.  We hope this will be well-supported by our customers as we have had a number of enquiries for these.

Mining is becoming ever more challenging with the high cost of fuel just about making it impossible to break even on the job – not really sure what the future holds here but we’ll hang in there as long as we can.  Andrew will be overseas for the next couple of weeks checking on market conditions – selling some sapphire and hopefully buying some interesting new things for the website so make sure you take a look when he gets back.  If you have any special request, email us now so he can keep an eye out.

Cheers for now from Andrew and Leah Lane (www.aussiesapphire.com.au)