Aussie Sapphire were very pleased to host the New England Lapidary and Fossicking Club last weekend for some sapphire fossicking on the Reddestone Creek.
About 30 Club members made the trip up from Armidale & Uralla to enjoy a pleasant Autumn morning at Glen Innes looking for sapphires. As always, some were luckier than others but most went away with a touch of colour.
The visitors were very interested to see the mine plant (not working for safety reasons) before getting stuck into the digging. The photo at left shows Andrew describing how the plant works to a group of visitors.
Unfortunately, for insurance reasons, we cannot allow visitors on to our property unless they are affiliated with a group which can cover the activity under their own insurance. The Minerama guided tours and occasional Club visit fall into this category and we are very pleased to be able to assist where we can.
Down to the business end of things now, you can see that serious fossickers come prepared to get dirty. The photo at left shows our 2 boys having a go themselves – and yes, they got very dirty and had loads of fun in the meantime.
For those interested in learning how to fossick for gemstones such as sapphire, see the Fossicking Page at our website. If you have an interest in gems and minerals, joining a club is an excellent way to meet with like-minded people and have the opportunity to go on field trips such as this. See the Australia Facetors Guild website for a list of clubs in your area.
That is all for now from Aussie Sapphire
Regular visitors to our Ebay Store will have noticed the announcement regarding our upcoming Easter Break. There will be a blog post dealing with this in the next day or so – we'll be away 14-24 April but will be checking emails while we are away so feel free to contact us during this time. Parcel delivery will be delayed until we return.