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Emmaville Gemfest

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)