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#1

Bullwinkle
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26 March 2020 09:56 am

G'day all,

I had planned to do a trip up to QLD Central Gemfields & Obriens creek in the next few months. That's obviously been put on hold for awhile. Which means less time looking for rocks & more time cutting.

All gem shows have also been postponed. So the avenues for getting hold decent stones to cut have narrowed down a lot. I have previously purchased stones through Ebay with varying success.

Can anyone please recommend any other good sources of rough for faceting?

Best regards

Bullwinkle

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Martyz
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26 March 2020 10:48 am

Hey Bullwinkle, I feel your frustration. I don’t know if you’re looking for sapphire in particular but I’ve got a few clean pieces of Smokey quartz I could give you if your interested. They look like they would cut well.
If so PM me with your postal address and I’ll post it to you.
I gather Australia Post is still working??

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Bullwinkle
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26 March 2020 11:05 am

Martyz wrote:

Hey Bullwinkle, I feel your frustration. I don’t know if you’re looking for sapphire in particular but I’ve got a few clean pieces of Smokey quartz I could give you if your interested. They look like they would cut well.
If so PM me with your postal address and I’ll post it to you.
I gather Australia Post is still working??

Thank Martyz,
You're a legend. I have PM'd you.
Best regards
Mark

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Wally69
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26 March 2020 12:03 pm

Happy to make a topaz donation to you Mark

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Bullwinkle
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26 March 2020 01:38 pm

Wally69 wrote:

Happy to make a topaz donation to you Mark

Thanks Wally,
I really appreciate it mate & can hopefully repay you when I do get back out into the bush. I'll send you my details.
Martyz has also sent me some smokey, so I now have projects to keep me going for awhile, which is awesome.
Best
Regards
Mark

#6

Dihusky
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26 March 2020 04:33 pm

Bullwinkle look up

BR Gemstones: brgemstones.com.au
Aussie Rocks & Minerals: australianrocksandminerals.com.au
LA Gems: lagems.net

These guys all sell at shows, so are going to be struggling as well.

I've got plenty of clear quartz that I've chucked in the garden, a lot has nice clear sections once you cut out the inclusions, plus I can chop you a piece of really dark Brazilian smokey if you like.

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Wally69
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26 March 2020 07:20 pm

Bullwinkle wrote:
Wally69 wrote:

Happy to make a topaz donation to you Mark

Thanks Wally,
I really appreciate it mate & can hopefully repay you when I do get back out into the bush. I'll send you my details.
Martyz has also sent me some smokey, so I now have projects to keep me going for awhile, which is awesome.
Best
Regards
Mark

No need to repay Mark, my reward will be seeing you transform some stones.

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Bullwinkle
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26 March 2020 08:08 pm

Dihusky wrote:

Bullwinkle look up

BR Gemstones: brgemstones.com.au
Aussie Rocks & Minerals: australianrocksandminerals.com.au
LA Gems: lagems.net

These guys all sell at shows, so are going to be struggling as well.

I've got plenty of clear quartz that I've chucked in the garden, a lot has nice clear sections once you cut out the inclusions, plus I can chop you a piece of really dark Brazilian smokey if you like.

Thanks Dihusky,
I really appreciate your kind offer, although I reckon Martyz & Wally might have me covered for awhile.
I will definately follow up with BR Gemstones
Best regards & thanks
Mark

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27 March 2020 01:27 am

Does anyone know where Lefty is these days? He's been MIA on here for a while now. Is he OK?

Cheers,
Megsy


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pinfire opals
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27 March 2020 07:31 am

I have a couple pieces of lapis, citrine and amethyst if that suits around 100 to 150 grams I would estimate, send contact details and will post off, cheers Noel.

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Bullwinkle
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27 March 2020 09:02 am

pinfire opals wrote:

I have a couple pieces of lapis, citrine and amethyst if that suits around 100 to 150 grams I would estimate, send contact details and will post off, cheers Noel.

Thanks Noel,
I really appreciate your kind offer.
Best regards
Mark

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LoneWolf
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27 March 2020 12:26 pm

Last I herd, Lefty has a Facebook ? page selling his cut Stones now.. gemstone

I don't do Fakebook so I can't do a search for you Megsy... hmm

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#13

MegsyB007
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27 March 2020 12:42 pm

Thanks LW. Was a bit worried about our old mate. Glad he's OK.

I miss seeing his fabulous stones on here. Will search him up on Facebook.

Cheers,
Megsy

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Pat Hogen
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27 March 2020 03:24 pm

Sure would be interested in seeing his page if anyone finds it. I don't do FB either but my lady does.


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#15

Dihusky
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27 March 2020 05:02 pm

Ditto, be great to see what he's up to. Been missing him for a while, I've also been wondering what had happened to him

#16

Gilly47
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27 March 2020 09:27 pm

bought a cupla sparklies from Lefty, he sent me this attachment

https://www.facebook.com/Protea-Gems-272209923637425/


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Pat Hogen
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29 March 2020 09:21 am

I saw that the calendar date on that page is from Dec 2018. The page has not been active for awhile . Have you got a more recent contact Gilly?


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#18

Gilly47
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29 March 2020 03:16 pm

Re Lefty, only contact I had was with these 2 forums. I believe he has a Mining Claim out here in the Gemfields.

ray

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#19

Gilly47
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29 March 2020 03:18 pm

Just rang Leftys advertised number and it is disconnected

ray

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#20

Gilly47
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30 March 2020 03:13 pm

sent an email to Leftys advertised link

fred17@dodo.com.au
Re: Missing your comments on Prospecting Australia forum
30/03/2020 12:57 PM
To:Raymond Gill <raymondgill@bigpond.com>
1
Gday, I'm still alive, the bug hasn't gotten me. Been so swamped with stuff since I started cutting for a living that I stopped commenting on PA, like King Solomon before me. I'll head on over and check out out when I get a chance. I hope you and your family are well - I don't think any of us will be meeting at the Anakie gemfest this year unfortunately. Hoping this thing is under control as quick as possible. Cheers, Jason (Lefty)

On 2020-03-29 14:53, Raymond Gill wrote:
> Hello I am Raymond Gill and have been following Leftys page on
> Prospecting Australia.
>
> I have also purchased 3 cut gems from him.
>
> ray

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#21

Pat Hogen
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30 March 2020 05:53 pm

Well done Gilly and thank you.


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#22

Theduke
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31 March 2020 09:14 pm

I have some clear beryl, green garnet and garnet from here in the nt. Have some Afghanite as well if you would like to cut a couple bits. The beryl and green garnet aren’t that big but should come up a treat

#23

Bullwinkle
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31 March 2020 10:17 pm

Theduke wrote:

I have some clear beryl, green garnet and garnet from here in the nt. Have some Afghanite as well if you would like to cut a couple bits. The beryl and green garnet aren’t that big but should come up a treat

Thanks Duke, I really appreciate your kind offer!
Best regards
Mark

#24

Fiery_carrot
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16 May 2020 10:23 am

Hello, I don’t want to hijack Bullwinkle’s post but I am teaching myself to facet whilst in lockdown. I would be interested in purchasing just some clear quartz to practice on. If one of you does have some material, I would love to hear from you. I would have sent a pm but haven’t got access to that facility yet. Regards, Geoff.


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