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#1

Colin&Lee
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30 June 2013 11:38 am

Thought I'd start a gemstone show and tell thread off as we seem to be all over the place ans there's no shortage of folks with good stones to show.

I 'll kick off with this beautiful little 3.4ct sapphire we found yesterday at GG, my heart stopped when I saw it on the end of the shovel. It's a pretty special stone I can't see any imperfections in it under a 10x Loupe smile.

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Sorry Nugget if we already have a show and tell thread mate but I couldn't find it , blame my domestic blindness wink

Look forward to seeing heaps more pics and hearing heaps of stories

Cheers

C&L smile

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30 June 2013 12:04 pm

What a magnificent looking stone, well done mate.

Great topic, we didn't have a show and tell for gemstones so I've made this one a sticky.

Nugget.

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30 June 2013 03:01 pm

Wow! What a little beauty C&L! Great thread too.

I have a piece I'd like to share that comes with a great little story.
During the mid eighties we were heavily involved with the Australian Museum in Sydney as they had purchased our opalised fossil collection (but I'll leave that for another time) and we used to get visits from Prof. Alex Ritchie, Prof. Mike Archer and even Tim Flannery who was working there on and off back then. A few of their fellow geologists from various countries had come along to spend time out here with us and we were sitting around the table chatting and looking at various specimens we own and one small Rhodenite crystal from Broken Hill was doing the rounds. All of a sudden everything ground to a halt and all the guys around the table gathered and looked at this small piece. After almost falling off his chair in excitement, one of the younger Canadian geologists yelled out "Can we take this back to the museum to study!?" Confused, my father asked why, and he then said it was an extremely rare crystalline form of Rhodenite that had formed in the Triclinic System. Needless to say, we didn't let them take it.  wink

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Colin&Lee
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30 June 2013 07:34 pm

Cheers Nugget

Wow Shauno how long ago would that have formed any idea? I have to get Lee off the Sapphires so we can start looking for other bits and pieces just don't tell her I said that wink

C&L

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30 June 2013 11:13 pm

Not too sure about that C&L? I may have to consult Google unless one of the members can offer an answer?

I was going to ask if anyone here on the forums had any experience in looking for gemstone and various galena related material around Broken Hill? I was given several Garnets (mostly golf ball size) from that area many years ago, nothing of gem quality but the size is impressive. I recall seeing a video on YouTube a few years ago of some guys ripping up the ground with an excavator and pulling out dozens upon dozens of huge specimen Garnets, some around the four or five inch diametre range. I guess you'd have to look into what areas are leased and what areas you could fossick upon.

I'll share a few more photos I have here of some various bits pieces, both cut and in the rough. 
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Shauno.


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01 July 2013 12:04 am

Them huge garnets come from Thackaringa Shauno , it's under lease unfortunately.

DD

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01 July 2013 01:01 pm

Diggerdude wrote:

Them huge garnets come from Thackaringa Shauno , it's under lease unfortunately.

DD

Cheers DD!

Hmm, I figured as much. It was an impressive sight to see once they broke the ground there. I'll stick with the opal and gold battle for the time being wink

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07 July 2013 10:42 pm

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My favourite sapphire from tasmania. Only 1ct uncut but beautiful colour.


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11 July 2013 08:45 am

Such Nice stones guys!

Can't wait to get my WalBanker into full swing & start collecting some of these for myself  cool

Collin if you & Lee are planning a trip out to GG for more sapphires anytime soon let me know & we can run side by side & have a friendly competition. Winner keeps their stones.. Loser keeps their stones also   tongue  Sounds like a good competition  big_smile


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11 July 2013 01:55 pm

Hi all,

Here's a gemstone that is sometimes overlooked by the more well known range of gems like Sapphires, Topaz, Garnet etc. This is our 94.5ct Citrene of a rare, natural lime-gold colour. It was significantly larger originally, but had been terribly faceted some years ago, so we had it re-cut by an extremely good cutter and it's done wonders to it. Not sure what you could do with a stone of this size really? It's an awkward size to put into a setting. Nice to look at though smile

1373510860_94.5carat_citrene_ii_copyshaun_galman_2009.jpg
1373510886_94.5carat_citrene_copyshaun_galman_2009.jpg

I'll see what other shots I have on hand. Most of my mineral collection is packed away but I may be able to photograph the odd piece here and there over time. I have some exceptional Agates from around the world. One of which is a large Polyhedriod Agate (geometric shaped crystalline form of Agate) that is one of my favorite pieces.

Hopefully I don't bog this thread down. If it's too much I could always open another thread dedicated to larger collections.

Kindest regards,
Shauno.


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11 July 2013 02:01 pm

*Just found a couple older photos of our Topaz crystal also.

Both the Topaz and Citrene (post above) are from the Torrington area in N.S.W. This Topaz crystal is 1800carats and almost flawless. It's slightly on the Kerosene Blue colour side.

1373511583_topaz_crystal_copyshaun_galman_2009.jpg
1373511535_topaz_crystal_ii_copyshaun_galman_2009.jpg

Kindest regards,
Shauno.


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11 July 2013 02:36 pm

Wow Shauno, very impressive, made my missus drool, she loves citrine.


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11 July 2013 05:45 pm

Shauno that Citrine is stunning. I wouldn't sneeze at it. tongue

Post as many pictures of your stunners as you want, it is a show & tell after all  cool


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11 July 2013 05:46 pm

Nice blue there newby  smile  have you been back to GG lately?

Matt The Magic Man sounds good mate my kinda comp wink Lee and I are out there a fair bit just look out for the old Holden ute and come say g'day.

Syndyne that Topaz crystal is amazing a heart attack rock  smile

Cheers

C&L


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11 July 2013 09:09 pm

Excellent Colin! My WalBanker will be ready for pickup next weekend so I will head to Grabben Gullen or Oallen Ford on the way home from Canberra.


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11 July 2013 10:17 pm

Matt The Magic Man wrote:

Shauno that Citrine is stunning. I wouldn't sneeze at it. tongue

Post as many pictures of your stunners as you want, it is a show & tell after all  cool

Cheers Matt!

We have a museum quality specimen that I will grab out and photograph now, ready post up on here asap. smile

Regards,
Shauno.


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11 July 2013 10:45 pm

Syndyne wrote:
Matt The Magic Man wrote:

Shauno that Citrine is stunning. I wouldn't sneeze at it. tongue

Post as many pictures of your stunners as you want, it is a show & tell after all  cool

Cheers Matt!

We have a museum quality specimen that I will grab out and photograph now, ready post up on here asap. smile

Regards,
Shauno.

Nice, I look forward to seeing it!

I have an exhibition that you could kindly donate it to.


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11 July 2013 10:51 pm

Syndyne wrote:

*Just found a couple older photos of our Topaz crystal also.

Both the Topaz and Citrene (post above) are from the Torrington area in N.S.W. This Topaz crystal is 1800carats and almost flawless. It's slightly on the Kerosene Blue colour side.

https://www.prospectingaustralia.com.au … n_2009.jpg
https://www.prospectingaustralia.com.au … n_2009.jpg

Kindest regards,
Shauno.

thanks . i would have just thought that was quartz   yikes


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11 July 2013 10:54 pm

Syndyne wrote:

Hi all,

Here's a gemstone that is sometimes overlooked by the more well known range of gems like Sapphires, Topaz, Garnet etc. This is our 94.5ct Citrene of a rare, natural lime-gold colour. It was significantly larger originally, but had been terribly faceted some years ago, so we had it re-cut by an extremely good cutter and it's done wonders to it. Not sure what you could do with a stone of this size really? It's an awkward size to put into a setting. Nice to look at though smile

https://www.prospectingaustralia.com.au … n_2009.jpg
https://www.prospectingaustralia.com.au … n_2009.jpg

I'll see what other shots I have on hand. Most of my mineral collection is packed away but I may be able to photograph the odd piece here and there over time. I have some exceptional Agates from around the world. One of which is a large Polyhedriod Agate (geometric shaped crystalline form of Agate) that is one of my favorite pieces.

Hopefully I don't bog this thread down. If it's too much I could always open another thread dedicated to larger collections.

Kindest regards,
Shauno.

that must have been a massive terminator in its original form . most citrine i have had changes from dark orange to clear within a short distance but yours is pretty much the same colour right through


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11 July 2013 10:58 pm

Hi all,
Here's another piece from our collection. Just took a couple snaps with the iPhone as I don't have anything in the macro lens range for my Canon as yet.

This is a large museum quality Stibnite specimen. These alloy crystals are the result of volcanic pressures and actions on Antimony Sulphides. While many great specimens of Stibnite are coming out of Southeastern China now, this one was from Bulgaria I believe (I will check that with my father though). Quite stunning to see crystals in a metallic form. I added the 20c piece in for scale. It weighs about 5kg. We had the custom box made just for it back in the late 80's.

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1373543759_stibnite_close_copyshaun_galman_2013.jpg

Kindest regards,
Shauno.


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11 July 2013 11:11 pm

Yo Shauno that's some Fortress of Solitude style Sh*t! Check you don't have a Kryptonian living in there  glasses


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11 July 2013 11:16 pm

Holy crap Shauno , looks like an aerial shot of Manhattan  yikes
They are some awesome specimens & Gems you have there , love em


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11 July 2013 11:24 pm

SHOW AND ASK
Any idea what the red stones are ?
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11 July 2013 11:33 pm

headbut17 wrote:

SHOW AND ASK
Any idea what the red stones are ?
https://www.prospectingaustralia.com.au … to0137.jpg


need a better photo but possibly pink tourmaline which is a beautiful colour but soft and fragile so not so suitable for polishing or setting

Last edited by HeadsUp (11 July 2013 11:34 pm)


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11 July 2013 11:35 pm

Thanks Headsup , I will take a better shot with the wife's iPhone


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