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What the best dressed Fossicker is wearing…

Posted October 7, 2011 By Admin

I’m not talking about fashion but what kind of kit makes a fossicker or prospector up with the latest?

Whether you are a fossicker, prospector, rockhound, gold detectorist or mineral collector, you probably have one thing in common:  a love of the great outdoors.  One of the best things about any of those hobbies is that it gets you out in the bush to enjoy all that it has to offer.

However, it does mean you sometimes have to lug a heap of gear into quite remote locations sometimes.  So choosing equipment that is portable tends to make your expeditions a lot more enjoyable – particularly on the return trip to the car!

These photos show Patrick modelling a few of the new gadgets that are designed to make your treaure-hunting life a bit easier.

Generally speaking, a good sized backpack is a must.  The one shown here (RSW3)  is not expensive but will easily fit a set of sieves and pan along with room for a few small accessories and water/lunch.  Has a pocket each side and a separate front pocket – made of canvas so if any excess water will quickly dry off.

For general fossicking, you will usually need a long-handled shovel and a good strong bucket – Sorry, you are just going to have to carry these.

The 20L buckets shown here have a good strong handle and are the right size to fit our new Jobe Classifiers.

Digging tools – there are a range of picks, folding shovels and other assorted hand tools to help get at the gold, gems or minerals you are after.  While some of the smaller tools can fit in the backpack (crevice tool, hand guard chisels, folding shovels, etc), the larger geopicks can be carried in a good belt holder.

We have 2 styles available – the Estwing leather sheath is stylish and very secure while the swivel pick holder shown in the photo here is a bit more versatile as it can handle a variety of sizes/styles and offers more convenient access to your pick.

For the Gold Panner – up to 14″ pans will fit in the backpack comfortably.  The snuffer bottle holder shown in the first photo is a great idea as it prevents your bottle floating down the river – this way it is ready to hand whenever you need it.

For the Detectorist – the Jobe Dig-It is not the cheapest tool around but it is fantastic quality and you will soon find it an essential part of your tool kit.  Marked with graduations to help pinpoint a depth, one edge serrated to cut through roots or tough material, the other side sharp with a notch, slightly concave blade to help scoop and stored in a strong cowhide leather sheath.

If you are a bit more serious about gold, we’ve a great new folding sluice – you can see it in the 3rd photo.  Comes with a convenient shoulder strap or fits easily inside the backpack.  Folds out to a full 50″ or 1.27m length so these are very portable and convenient.

Finally, dont forget one of the most important items – your HAT.  Patrick is modelling one of the very sought after 🙂 ALF hats here – we dont mind what hat you wear as long as you wear it and plenty of sun screen.  Skin cancer is no joke so make sure you cover up and stay safe.

These are just a few of the new items available now at Aussie Sapphire.   We’ve got plenty more in stock so check out the website at aussiesapphire.com.au

Cheers for now from Aussie Sapphire

New Postal Arrangements

Posted October 3, 2011 By Admin

Just letting everyone know that we have new postal arrangements at Aussie Sapphire.

We are now shipping most parcels using Australia Post’s eParcel service.  This new upgraded system offers full item barcoding/identification, signature on delivery and parcel tracking along with our existing transit insurance – emails will be sent containing item consignment numbers so that you can track your parcels online at http://auspost.com.au/track/

This now means that all Aussie Sapphire customers can benefit from a more secure delivery system.  Please review the Shipping Information page on our website to learn more about our freight options.

This has required that our base postage charge must rise from $6 to $7.50 for parcels under 500 grams.  
Please note that we have absorbed the last 3 increases in postage charges by Australia Post – postage increased in September’10, April’11 and July’11.  However, we now have a domestic contract rate with eParcel and so will be able to keep future price increases to an absolute minimum.  Additionally, we can now offer a far more secure and trackable delivery system so you can be keep up to date with your parcel status – something that was impossible with Regular Post and inadequate with Registered Post.  Most parcels (except for low value items) will require signature on delivery.  For some particular remote areas, we may send by Express Post satchel at our discretion if this proves to be more efficient for your location.

We have now re-jigged the Expedited Delivery Option as either Toll Priority or Star Track Express couriers – NOT Express Post.  This Expedited postage option is only available to those customers who have provided a courier-suitable address and indicated on their customer profile that courier delivery is acceptable.  Please ensure that you provide an address where parcels can be signed for or re-delivery fees may be passed on as our couriers charge for any unsuccessful deliveries.

The new base charge for Expedited Delivery is $12.50 for parcels up to 1kg in weight.  
Parcels up to 5kg in weight may be sent by Toll Priority courier for overnight delivery to most areas – this is a satchel service and so is not available if items cannot fit in the bag.  Where parcels can not be sent by air, Star Track Express is used for Road Express delivery – please allow a little more time for this freight option.  Consignment Note numbers are sent by email in both cases and you can track online or by calling the relevant customer service numbers (see our Shipping Info page for links/phone).

Courier is a good option if the items are very small (by air) and you are happy to pay extra for fast service but we would recommend eParcel as more affordable in most cases.  Star Track Express must be used for purchases of large machinery or where the shipment is too heavy to go by post (>20kg).

NOTE:  Please note that you can check on Postage Charges at any time by simply adding the relevant items to the shopping cart and using the Postage Estimator on that page.  You do not need to be logged in or registered to do this so you can assess total charges or adjust your order before committing to buy.  Since the minimum charge is based on 500grams for eParcel and 1kg for courier delivery, we suggest you consider combining orders of small/cheaper items in order to make best use of the Shipping costs.


To celebrate this new system and allow our customers to see how it works for them, we are offering free shipping on any order shipped by eParcel for the next week only.  Simply use the discount code “EPARCEL” at step 2 of the checkout to take advantage of this offer.  Code expires on 10th October 2011 and is only available for parcels up to 15kg sent by eParcel within Australia.