LOCATIONS TO FIND GEMSTONES AND MINERALS IN NORTHERN TERRITORY
When submitting info on locations try and be specific where you can like:
Distance in kilometres from nearest town.
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.
The following maps may be of use to you for gemstone fossicking.
Disclaimer: It is your responsibility to ask permission from any private property or lease 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. Permission in writing may be required and access conditions on these maps can change at any time.
NORTHERN TERRITORY GEMSTONE LOCATIONS
Polished and set into a hand made silver setting.
Free Form Silver
There are no limits when designing jewelry.
Cut and cleaned ready for shaping into designs.
A piece of rough geode set in silver.
This fossilized tree resin is millions of years old.
Making a ring from sterling silver.
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 South Australia.
Tips & Safety On Field Trips
Take every precaution while on field trips like making sure you have the right gear like gloves, boots, drinking water and basic supplies.
Fill in your holes after digging and beware of overhanging rocks and ledges that could collapse while digging below.
Don't go into old mine shafts as most are unstable and air quality can never be guaranteed.
Always wear safety glasses when breaking or chiselling on rocks.
Watch out for snakes and spiders because as a rock hound you're more prone to finding these critters than others.
Always close gates after you and always take your rubbish home with you if there isn't a proper place to leave it.
Always tell someone where you are before you leave in case something goes wrong!
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 with you so you don't get lost. Mobile phones don't work everywhere!
Wear a good hat and sunscreen so you don't get sunburnt.
Never forget: FOOD, SNACKS, DRINKS & MEDICATION.
Disclaimer: 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 guards on equipment at all times.
Wear safety glasses while grinding and using any pickle or acid compounds.
Wear a filter face mask if required.
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.