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New Products

Posted December 1, 2009 By Admin

Just unpacking our latest shipment and have some exciting new products to offer.

We’ve been asked a number of times about electronic gem testers – while these have their limitations and should be used with caution, there is no doubt they are a very useful tool to have around when working with gems.  We’ve tried some cheaper brands but for this job, you need guaranteed quality so we have sourced 2 of the most versatile Presidium testers:

  • The Presidium Multi Tester is used to test diamonds against moissanite and other simulants.  Special introductory price of $395.
  • The Presidium Gem Tester is used to test a range of coloured gems as well as diamonds.  Includes 6 Volt power adaptor (220 Volt, 3 pin plug to suit Australian customers).  Fantastic deal at $450.

We aim to provide a complete range of loupes and now have a couple of new ones to add to the list.

First up is a good quality linen tester or folding loupe with etched reticle on the base (ie. ruler marks in 1/8″ and 1mm increments along each side).  We have been finding that more are using this type of loupe as you can rest the tweezers or dop holding the gem against the base and keep it steady and in focus at a comfortable distance from the eye.

Also have a larger diameter 20X loupe coming to give a larger option to the double butterfly loupe.  This way you have choices from 1.5X to 3.5X (in the headband magnifier), through 6X (linen tester), 10X, 20X and 30X magnification (jewellers loupes).  Something for every job as well as specialised darkfield loupes and portable polariscopes for gemmology work.

Got some more dialux rouge in as well as 4″ and 6″ polishing mops (white and yellow) – now stocking white, red, green and blue dialux for any metal polishing need.  See here for a range of metal polishing media and compounds.  We also have a fantastic range of tumblers in both rotary and vibratory types as well as buffing machines – Abbot & Ashby grinders with tapered spindles.

Still unpacking so there might even be a few more goodies to come – stay tuned…

cheers from Andrew and Leah at www.aussiesapphire.com.au

Christmas Shopping

Posted November 17, 2009 By Admin

Thanks to all for your continued and increasing support over 2009 – what a year and we’ve got even more planned for 2010 !

It’s gift-giving time again whether we like it or not, so why not get your orders in now to prevent the last minute rush.
Aussie Sapphire is ready to help with heaps of stock and some great special offers to give you all that little bit of extra Christmas Cheer. We’ve picked out a random lot of 10 fantastic offers – there is sure to be something of interest in this lot but remember, the whole website is chock-full of great deals.

Andrew’s Top Ten

  1. Facetron Faceting machine at just $3,300 delivered to anywhere in Australia
  2. All the Lortone range of machinery shipped free anywhere in Australia
  3. A free gift with every Christmas purchase over $200
  4. 6″ Darkside Polishing Laps at just $99 delivered and only $135 for the 8″ version
  5. Free shipping on any Gem scales and selected Kits
  6. Easy Layby option for any purchase over $2,000 (there is no charge but conditions do apply: 3 equal payments over 3 months)
  7. 40% off all Gold Jewellery – a great deal with Gold at over $1100 a ounce !
  8. Gyroc Model B Vibratory Tumbler for for Just $395
  9. Gift Vouchers tailored to your needs – buy a gift voucher from $10 or talk to us about putting something special together for you
  10. Individual Package Deals. If you have been considering any major purchase email me direct and we will try our best to offer you a extra special Package Deal for Christmas ( shop@aussiesapphire.com.au )

Have a happy festive season and stay tuned for more news from Aussie Sapphire.
Cheers from Andrew and Leah

Out of Office Announcement

Posted October 1, 2009 By Admin

Just a quick announcement that we will be out of the office until Saturday 10th October.

Normal shipping will resume Monday 12th October.

We will be checking our emails and messages so feel free to contact us.  Orders placed through the checkout will be held for you and despatched as soon as we get back.

Andrew and Leah (Aussie Sapphire)

April’09 Update

Posted April 30, 2009 By Admin

Hard to imagine that a third of 2009 has already flashed by – a reminder that life is short so enjoy it.  And what better hobby than Gems !!

We would never have thought Aussie Sapphire would be where it is today when we first started the Online Shop in 1997 – we started off just selling a bit of sapphire from our mine but 12 years on, we have grown into Australia’s favourite Gem & Lapidary Online/Mail Order supplier.  Now with a free call phone number to make it even easier to contact us – just call 1800 50 21 40 toll free for prompt and friendly service.

The last 6 months have been very busy for Aussie Sapphire – here are just a few highlights:

  • In November we imported the first Darkside polishing Laps into Australia and are proud to be the exclusive Dealers in Australia for both the Darksides & the Famous BATT Laps from Gearloose.  With laps in stock ready to ship everyday, we invite you to try these out for yourself.   The Darkside is one of the most exciting new products in faceting for some time and will make life easier for both beginner and expert.  Information and user recommendations can be found at ALF.
  • December saw Sales of Lapidary Gear up over 50% on the previous year – a great result given fears of recession and it is pleasing to see demand continuing well into 2009.  The economy may be gloomy but the lapidary hobby seems to be going against the trend with strong interest all round.
  • December & January saw a huge effort to get our print catalogue ready – our customers have been asking for this for quite some time now and we are pleased to be able to provide this additional service.  Lots of exciting new products are now available.  Remember, up to date prices and stock levels are always available on our website.  If you have not already received a catalogue, just call or email and we will send one out to you (free to any Aussie Sapphire registered customer).
  • February/March also saw some reprieve from the Low Aussie Dollar which had been greatly hurting the margins on new stock.  This allowed us to place some serious orders to replenish our stocks.  We now consolidate container loads of equipment/supplies from the USA, China and Thailand all by sea to try and pass on the best prices possible. We have two large shipments in transit now expected mid/end of May.
  • March saw the voluntary committment of running the Minerama Fossicking and Gem Show take up all our spare time plus some. Minerama was again a great success – thanks to the many customers that called by to say g’day and stock up.  We trade only at Minerama and at the Emmaville Gem Show in September – we dont do other gem shows as it would be impossible to give customers the prompt service you all depend on if we are busy travelling on the Gem Show circuit.

As many would have noticed our listed stock of Sapphire Rough suitable for the local facetor is very low and hasnt had new stock added for some time.  The facts are that its not feasible for us to operate the Sapphire mine under current Global economic conditions.   Simply the cost of production is way too high and the price offered for Mine Run production too low.  Given current forecasts for the length and depth of the recession we are all clearly in, this situation does not look like changing any time soon.

We have had the plant under care and maintanance now for the last 6 months with no mining carried out – during this period, we have completed all the restoration of the mine cuts returning these areas back to full farm production.  A decision will be made within the next 3 months as to whether we maintain the Mining Plant & Equipment to restart at a later date or finalise all mining on the Reddestone Creek.

We carry a vast range of quality cut Reddestone Creek Sapphire in the Bank Deposit box ranging from 1.5mm up in Blues, Yellows and a good selection of Parti – enough to last us and our wholesale outlets  for many years.  We also have a special selected stockpile of rough for our own cutting needs – this is not for sale as rough, sorry.

Customers should be aware that there is no commercial mining being done on the Reddestone Creek currently – people considering buying Sapphire Rough from other sellers that is claimed to be from the Reddestone Creek  should confirm the origin of the rough as we have been the only commercial miner on this resource for some years.

Finally, for those who have not yet joined our new lapidary forum, we invite you to check out the Aussie Lapidary Forum – affectionately known as ALF. This active and friendly community is designed for anyone interested in gems – free membership and lots of features to help you get the most out of the lapidary hobby.

That’s all for now – cheers from Andrew and Leah (www.aussiesapphire.com.au)

Computer Issues

Posted March 4, 2009 By Admin

Just having a few minor computer/server issues.  There was a momentary interruption this morning.  We’re doing some rearranging to prevent the problem happening again but visitors should not notice anything different once the work has been completed.

If you notice any glitches, please contact us any time.


Leah (Aussie Sapphire)