As winter time approaches many members feel it is the time to have a winter break and travel to distant Gemfields.
The Queensland State Government has set aside areas that fossickers can fossick for gemstones. Some of the fields are quite a long way from Brisbane but that is the position we are now in, whereas most local deposits have now been dug out or have been developed. Nearby places include the Warwick and Gympie area for Gold, Yowah, Toompine and Opalton for Opal and the Chinchilla area for petrified wood. We have many members who travel to these distant fields in Winter time as the digging and sieving is less arduous than in the hotter months.
Quite a few of our members also head to the Gemfields such as Anakie, Rubyvale, Sapphire and The Willows in search of sapphires and zircons, etc.
In the cooler months, we try to plan field trips to different locations on a monthly basis
for those members who have remained at home.
Many of our members travelled to the Lismore Gem Show in May and while in that area searched for Labradorite near Casino. Labradorite is a faceting material and is relatively easy to find in the area our Club goes to. The Labradorite found is of the Golden variety and is not as hard as Topaz and Sapphire, so is not generally cut to set in rings (because of softness), but more often are set in brooches and pendants.
The Mitchelton and Districts Gem Club has its clubrooms located at 46 Ferneydell Street, Ashgrove, and is open every Thursday from 9am to noon for cutting and polishing rocks and from noon to 3pm for silverwork. It is also open on Saturday from 1pm to 4pm. The Club caters for Gemstone enthusiasts in the North West area of Brisbane.
If you feel this type of hobby interests you, do not hesitate to get in touch with either John 3351 1038 or Lloyd 3351 2093 who will be only too happy to have a chat to you about the workings of the club. You can also visit us on our website – www.mitcheltondistrictsgemclub.wordpress.com or facebook page