LOCATIONS TO FIND GEMSTONES AND MINERALS IN
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.
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.
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
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
- 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.
- Use tweezers when handling hot soldered jewelry.
- Have a first aid kit near by at all times.