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Minerama 2007

Wow – What a Weekend !!

This year’s Minerama was an outstanding success with an estimated 3000 visitors across the 3 days.  Crowd numbers were up especially on Saturday with brisk trading and some outstanding gem finds from the field trips.

toro_emerald.jpgSome highlights from the week of fossicking include two massive blue sapphires over 30 carats and several more in the 5-10 carat range – most we saw were good cutters.  One spectacular find of a beautiful emerald from Torrington weighing an amazing 30 carats had all the dealers buzzing with excitement with several keen to buy this one.  With an estimated value of over $5000 at least, the lucky owner decided to keep it in his own collection for now.

Many other finds of sapphire, zircon, garnet, topaz and other gems/minerals were reported over the weekend.  While many visitors to town were old hands at fossicking, there were many visitors very new to the hobby.  One visitor found a huge corundum crystal weighing 200 carats on his very first day of fossicking – not quite gem quality but a rare specimen nonetheless.

Support from the town was much appreciated and it was great to see so many friendly local faces browsing all the stalls.  The Shop Window competition was won by Stocks Camping & Outdoor supplies – a worthy winner who always puts on a great display.  VIP guests included local MP’s Richard Torbay (Member for Northern Tablelands) and Tony Windsor (Member for New England) and Mayor Steve Toms (Glen Innes Severn Council) who selected Crystal Encounters inside the Club and Pat & Maureen O’Brien from the outside dealers. 

Crystal EncountersFrank & Lynda Cheshire of Crystal Encounters and Fossils.com.au had some spectacular items on their stall with some valuable and beautiful fossils among the treasures on display.  If you missed them at Minerama or would like another opportunity to browse their collection, we recommend you check out their websites for more great items. 

patobrien.jpgThe outside stall prize went to Pat and Maureen O’Brien – well known on the gem show circuit and great supporters of Minerama since its inception some years ago.

The fundraising raffle prizes were drawn on Sunday afternoon with Sandra Ingram winning first prize of a sapphire gold ring.  Second prize went to Elaine (? surname).  All prize winners have been notified by the committee.

The Minerama committee is already planning the next festival to be held in March 2008 with the focus on Quality Fun in Celtic Country.  Don’t miss it – as always, updates will be posted here so check back regularly for any news.

cheers for now from Andrew and Leah – Aussie Sapphire

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  1. Ping from Lindsey:

    Hi Aussie Sapphire,
    We are planning a week in and around GI next March and would love to coincide with 2008 Minerama. Have 2008 dates been decided?

  2. Ping from Aussie Sapphire:

    Minerama is always held on the second weekend of March so for 2008, keep your diary free for 7th, 8th and 9th of March.

    More information will be posted here as it comes to hand. Hope to see you here at Glen Innes next year.

    cheers from Aussie Sapphire