LOCATIONS TO FIND GEMSTONES AND MINERALS IN
NEW SOUTH WALES
When submitting info on locations try and be specific where you can like:
Distance in kilometres from nearest town.
List and name the turn offs.
Distance betweens actual turn offs.
On the road to and from.
Supply some photos of what you’ve found and the area itself.
A description of any familiar landmarks.
Tools required to suit the area.
Supply a mud map if you can.
It is your responsibility to ask permission from any private property
owner at any location when searching for gemstones before you enter any such
property. You may also be required to possess a fossicking license as per state laws.
NEW SOUTH WALES
Polished and set into a hand
made silver setting.
Free Form Silver
There are no limits when
Cut and cleaned ready for
shaping into designs.
A piece of rough geode set in
This fossilized tree resin is
millions of years old.
Making a ring from sterling
The cabachon design is the
most widely used in jewelry.
Combining jewelry and gems
is an age old art.
Once polished they can be
set into jewelry.
Coober Pedy Opal Fields
The following maps are extremely old and many of these areas may
no longer be available to search on or they may no longer yield any finds. I suppose if
you’re in these areas it may be worth a search around anyway. Most of these maps will
have two locations on each. Click on them to enlarge and print out if you want. Ensure
you get permission first just in case these areas are closed now.
If you have any other location maps open to the public for fossicking please email them
to me and I’ll add them. Please state if they are permission required areas so I can add
that to the listing.
Agate, Jasper …
White Cliffs Opal
Location To Find –
Malachite, Azurite & Quartz Crystals.
Go to Mount Hope in NSW. I first went to Mount Hope in
about 1968 and there was a working copper mine in the center of town.
They used to collect the copper by leaching water through the mine and
it attached itself as copper oxide to sheet metal scraps in large tanks
above the mine.
Its been filled in now. You can still find some Malachite, Azurite and some
quartz crystals with inclusions in them if you’re lucky. I think there may be
a gold mine nearby but no access was allowed when I was there last.
You’ll see remnants of the old mine and all you can do is search around
that area for specimens and perhaps a little cutting material.
My last trip through there was in 2006 and I still found some good stuff.
You wont miss the area as it’s a town the size of a few car lengths if you
know what I mean. Its a beautiful area though and it’s worth a stop, some
lunch and a bit of a fossick. A hand pick should be all you need for this
I didn’t find any crystals on this last trip there but in the past I had found
Quartz Crystals with Copper inclusions in them.
Tips & Safety On Field Trips
Take every precaution while on field trips like making sure you have the
gear like gloves,
boots, drinking water and basic supplies.
Fill in your holes after
digging and beware of overhanging rocks and
Don’t go into old mine shafts as most are unstable and air quality
safety glasses when breaking or chiselling on rocks.
Watch out for snakes and spiders because as a rock
hound you’re more
to finding these
critters than others.
Always close gates after you and always take your rubbish home with you
isn’t a proper
place to leave it.
Always tell someone where you are before
you leave in case something
Always have a first aid kit close by.
If you haven’t been to an area before draw yourself a map or have a map
you so you don’t
get lost. Mobile phones don’t work everywhere!
a good hat and sunscreen so you don’t get sunburnt.
Never forget: FOOD
It is your responsibility to ask permission from any private property owner at any location
when searching for gemstones before you enter any such property. You may also be required to
possess a fossicking license as per state laws.
Safety In The Workshop
Don’t have loose clothing around any moving machine parts and keep
Wear safety glasses while grinding and using any pickle or acid
Wear a filter face mask if
Don’t spill water on any electric motors. Electricity and water don’t mix.
Keep fingers and hands clear of sharp moving parts.
Wear rubber gloves if handling any acids or pickling solutions.
Use tweezers when handling hot soldered jewelry.
Have a first aid kit near by at all times.
Finding Rough Sapphires in NSW Australia | Grabben Gullen
Something different today guys! I packed my gear into the car and headed down to Grabben Gullen for a day in search of Sapphires. I’ve never been to this spot so it was new to me but I talk through what I look for.
These Sapphires aren’t as big as what you might find elsewhere in Australia but its close to Sydney so if you don’t live in a better Sapphire spot this one is pretty good!
Its pretty easy to find this spot but here is a google maps pin drop so you can be sure!
As always guys leave me a comment and let me know what you think.