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Kitangel
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10 May 2013 08:54 am

Hey there everyone,

As a new but very excited fossicker, I'm eager to get out there and find me some gems!

Only thing is I'm not very familiar with different sites around Vic to conduct said fossicking. I know of Beechworth, Mooralla and Mortlake, but the rest are a bit hazy. I've heard Powelltown mentioned, but has anyone got any other little areas I can take a nosy down to and see what I can find? (If I find anything, because I'm still very green). I'm a little bit hampered by toddlers, so anything in about the 3 hr or uner time to get there from Geelong is much, muh appreciated.

Thanks, and I'm sorry for barging in here!

Cheers,
Stephanie


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WalnLiz
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10 May 2013 10:32 am

G'day,Stephanie,

The best publication I've seen is " Gem Minerals of Victoria " and you can get it from Mineralogical Society of Victoria. Just google them up if you want a copy. The publication is pretty comprehensive and pretty well all the locations are there. Got some great pics in it too....Hope this helps. Cheers Wal. smile


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Hunting the yellow
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10 May 2013 01:57 pm

hi Stephanie and welcome to the forum I am a vic fossicker I also am the field trip officer for diamond valley gem club we go to quit a few gem locs in vic to find red jasper and black, fossils shells, trilobites, gold, Smokey quartz, tourmaline, topaz, sapphires and zircons, olivine, chert, calcite, chloride crystals, and more and as a club I lead my club to find these gems where going to a fossil spot soon too up at clobinane vic  to find fossils shells on the 1st and 2th of June meeting at 10am at Andersons garden  pm me if you would like to come along and ill give you a map

cheers simeon hunt    big_smile


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Kitangel
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10 May 2013 03:27 pm

Thanks WalnLiz, I'll get on that now smile

Hunting the Yellow, PMing you smile Thanks!


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10 May 2013 04:38 pm

yellow and gems in Daylesford area, plenty of dried out creeks that you can find a small puddle in, my mate nick has picked up at least 20 rubies and gems in the last week. Very kid friendly daylesford


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Kitangel
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10 May 2013 09:06 pm

Daylesford? I can get there! Thank you!


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12 May 2013 01:48 pm

1368326847_rubies.jpg

few me and missus got yesterday too many in the pan to pull out, hope to find some bigger ones soon


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WalnLiz
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12 May 2013 01:59 pm

G0lddigg@ wrote:

yellow and gems in Daylesford area, plenty of dried out creeks that you can find a small puddle in, my mate nick has picked up at least 20 rubies and gems in the last week. Very kid friendly daylesford

Unfortunately they won't be "Rubies" ...Rubies are red Gem quality Corundum (Sapphires) and are extremely rare in Australia. What you mainly have down there are red zircons and garnets, and they cut and polish into some fine stones.....Cheers Wal. wink

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12 May 2013 02:01 pm

G0lddigg@ wrote:

https://www.prospectingaustralia.com.au … rubies.jpg

few me and missus got yesterday too many in the pan to pull out, hope to find some bigger ones soon

Nice collection you've got there mate, well done.


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12 May 2013 04:35 pm

WalnLiz wrote:
G0lddigg@ wrote:

yellow and gems in Daylesford area, plenty of dried out creeks that you can find a small puddle in, my mate nick has picked up at least 20 rubies and gems in the last week. Very kid friendly daylesford

Unfortunately they won't be "Rubies" ...Rubies are red Gem quality Corundum (Sapphires) and are extremely rare in Australia. What you mainly have down there are red zircons and garnets, and they cut and polish into some fine stones.....Cheers Wal. wink

true? I was told by quite a few different people from there that they were rubies cry  mud on my face, there are three really dark ones which i was sure were rubies.
There are also little blue ones, and a friend of mine has two emeralds now thinking they must be demantoid.

oh well they are beautiful all the same although probably not as keen to pick the other 100+ very small ones out of my cons now smile still i ahve to wopnder if the clear ones are in fact diamonds or garnets now as apparently quite a few were found here before lake daylesford was flouded and possibly after the floody some of them gems might have moved through the creek system smile


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12 May 2013 08:32 pm

Hey Stephanie,

My wife picked up a book off fleabay called "Gemstones of Victoria" by Derrick Stone, published back in 1967 by Jacaranda Press.

It lists the following gem fields near Geelong and what can be found in them.

Blackwood-Trentham: Black Gins (Plenaste), blue and green sapphires, limonite, red zircons, quartz.
Ballarat: Amethyst, garnet, citrine, sapphire, coloured quartz, topaz, emerald, zircon.
Daylesford: Agates, sapphire, garnets, quartz crystal, rubies, zircon

Shoot me a PM if you want the names of some of the rivers/creeks where these can be found.


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12 May 2013 08:45 pm

Yey rubies that's what I wanted to hear!!


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12 May 2013 09:45 pm

Have your "Rubies" tested...they are extremely rare amongst the sapphire world and "True" rubies are scarcer than hens teeth. I have chased these little blighters all over the country and in 50 years hunting sapphires have got a grand total of "Six" authentic rubies. The ratio is something like 1 ruby to 1 million sapphires.....but keep your hopes up ..they are out there...just not by the sieve full. Cheers Wal. smile


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G0lddigg@
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13 May 2013 09:33 am

will do mate any tricks to to share? panning these is killing me so slow .... yikes

WalnLiz wrote:

Have your "Rubies" tested...they are extremely rare amongst the sapphire world and "True" rubies are scarcer than hens teeth. I have chased these little blighters all over the country and in 50 years hunting sapphires have got a grand total of "Six" authentic rubies. The ratio is something like 1 ruby to 1 million sapphires.....but keep your hopes up ..they are out there...just not by the sieve full. Cheers Wal. smile


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13 May 2013 09:50 am

Easiest way is to sieve them down to 1/16'' sieve and chuck what goes through that out as it has no value. Up here we chuck out anything that goes through the 1/8" sieve as they're too small to facet....Cheers Wal. smile


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13 May 2013 10:00 am

makes sense to me Wal! so many little ones wish i had a fish bowl i could put them in  lol


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13 May 2013 05:45 pm

If you can get your hands on a UV light(ebay has some cheapies). Rubies will show up bright red when illuminated by it. Some zircons and diamonds will show up yellow. I dont have a lot of time but, seeing you're from Ballarat(about 30mins from where I live) I could give you a lesson on sieving if you like? That goes for anyone else about this neck of the woods  wink .


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13 May 2013 07:09 pm

awesome ordered two different ones off fleabay, one with a magnifier and one for shining on the creek at night smile would that work?

Thanks for the offer on seiving i think ive got that covered ive got a 1/4, 1/8 and something inbetween made from plastic that works quite well. I like the idea of camping and having a night session with UV  tongue


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Kitangel
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13 May 2013 09:58 pm

Looking good, thanks smile AU fever, I'll shoot you a PM if you don't mind, cheers muchly for that list smile
WalnLiz, I had no idea they were that rare yikes finding one of those must be a joy smile
R G, I'd love to grab some pointers, I'll buy the sieves first though. Thank you for the offer!
And what a gorgeous collection of stones! On the lookout for some biggies?

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#20

Hunting the yellow
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14 May 2013 01:23 am

G0lddigg@ wrote:

https://www.prospectingaustralia.com.au … rubies.jpg

few me and missus got yesterday too many in the pan to pull out, hope to find some bigger ones soon

do you belong to a gem club ? these are very nice finds for ballarat big_smileyikes


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14 May 2013 09:06 am

Not sure how well it will work Golddigg. Worth a try though!
Let us know when you're ready Kitangel.


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14 May 2013 09:49 am

Hunting the yellow wrote:
G0lddigg@ wrote:

https://www.prospectingaustralia.com.au … rubies.jpg

few me and missus got yesterday too many in the pan to pull out, hope to find some bigger ones soon

do you belong to a gem club ? these are very nice finds for ballarat big_smileyikes

Hey mate no I don't belong to a gem club, just the club of gotta get away from my office and outdoors as much as I can club smile


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17 May 2013 05:45 pm

Powelltown is good and easy access \ digging too. I was out that way recently and found a hell of a lot of crystals which fall into the "close but not quite's" category where one end of the stone was good and the other end was crappy or the stone was a bit cloudy etc, still nice stones and to a beginner like me great fun and rewarding finds all the same. I did manage a few nice stones in the way of a topaz, a citrine and a really black smoky which I'm hoping to get cut (thanks for advise Wal) as well as a large crystal which I've tidied up the rough bits a little at my local gem club and will  keep as a specimen.

As huntingtheyellow said there is some stuff in the way of fossils around clonbinane area. Hunting's from that area and knows it pretty damn well, anyhows I took him to a little creek I go for gold in and he actually managed to find signs of fossils in the very rock slabs I'd been sitting on to pan my sluice cons on!

Beechworth and Eldorado can be tough going. Over the last 12 months I've moved a fair bit of dirt chasing gold there and I haven't seen to much in the way of gem stones. I've picked out the odd few here and there, including a ripper little topaz and some sapphires (which are probably just too small to do anything with) but not much when you consider the quantity of material shifted. Away from Reedy Creek I've done a little better though but that whole area has been hit pretty hard over the years.

Best of luck and will love to hear how you go

Adam

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18 September 2013 10:44 pm

AU Fever,

I have sent you a PM on your your offer of creeks and rivers as I am in central vic and looking for interesting places to fossick gemstones.

Cheers


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19 September 2013 08:04 pm

I wouldnt mind a find like that, well done

G0lddigg@ wrote:

https://www.prospectingaustralia.com.au … rubies.jpg

few me and missus got yesterday too many in the pan to pull out, hope to find some bigger ones soon

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