We apologise for not updating the website or the blog for a month or so – we have been extremely busy helping to set up the retail outlet for our gems and Black Cat range of jewellery. Some may remember from our last news flash that we were hoping to be able to stock our products in our local jewellery shop. Schmidts Jewellers (264 Grey Street, Glen Innes) has recently been purchased by Ken and Sally Brien who have agreed to stock the full range of our cut gems and jewellery. We have been helping refurbish the shop and preparing our stock for display and sale – this job has kept us extremely busy for the last month but we think the results are very pleasing.
Photo above: Patrick checking out some of the new jewellery on offer at Schmidts Jewellers
As part of this process, we have been making more gold and silver jewellery using our blue sapphires and black spinel – we have some fantastic designs in progress so please check out Schmidts Jewellers next time you are visiting Glen Innes or keep checking our website as we attempt to catalogue more jewellery items for the online shop. Feedback so far has been great with many people expressing their surprise at the quality of our sapphires compared to the usual offering of low-grade dark sapphire usually found in retail jewellers.
Mine production has been very slow for the past month as we cope with wet and cold weather, work commitments elsewhere and the extremely high price of fuel at the moment. However, we plan to get back into full production in a week or so with some new additions to the rough catalogue soon after that. Remember that we offer a selection of Queensland parti sapphire online – news from Thailand recently indicates there is increasing demand for this type of sapphire and with production out of Queensland so low now, this is a good opportunity to secure some good parti sapphire at reasonable prices.
Cheers for now from Aussie Sapphire