Collecting rocks is an addiction too.

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Collecting rocks is an addiction too.

Postby SueBee » November 13th, 2017, 10:30 am

I have been a rockhound for many years until age and infirmity demanded I stop climbing mountains and wading creeks - to say nothing of cracking rocks to find gems.LOL
Some of the rocks in my 'collection' Not polished or really much altered at all - some waiting for inspiration- some never to be touched.
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Postby SueBee » November 13th, 2017, 10:31 am

This one is joined by a Pinus Pinea that I am playing with. ( sorry - for some reason some images from my computer are being turned sideways- frustrating).
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Postby SueBee » November 13th, 2017, 10:35 am

Dish shapes are hard to find so I brought these back from a friends farm in Qld.
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Postby SueBee » November 13th, 2017, 10:38 am

Collecting Olivine gems was once a great occupation in my retirement but sadly OH&S has now made the quarry off limits to us all.
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Postby SueBee » November 13th, 2017, 10:41 am

Raspberry Rhodonite with a little "help' from my dremel.
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Postby SueBee » November 13th, 2017, 10:43 am

This one from Quarry but cut and lightly polished- love the imagery inside this one.
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Postby regwac » November 13th, 2017, 10:49 am

Dished granite is indeed hard to find . I have taken to modifying the really worthwhile ones !
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Postby SueBee » November 13th, 2017, 11:10 am

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Some of my collection waiting for inspiration to strike.
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Postby SueBee » November 13th, 2017, 11:12 am

Great idea to modify by holing them- must give it a try with my masonry bit.
I just wish I was thinking Bonsai when I first began collecting - buy reason enough to go hunting again if in different places. Glad I still have access to Gem Club for cutting them as I sold my machines a year ago.
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Postby melbrackstone » November 13th, 2017, 1:00 pm

Nice finds there!

I took an extra suitcase to FNQ when I was there recently...and left a box for my daughter to bring back when she returns next year...lol!

I just can't help myself! :)
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Postby SueBee » November 15th, 2017, 9:09 am

I am so with you Melbrackstone. I left the most amazing Amethyst cave in the Pilbara as I couldn't carry it.It is still buried waiting for me to go back (ten years later) LOL Hope it is still there.Maybe 2018 will see me there.
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Postby SueBee » November 15th, 2017, 9:11 am

There is some nice frost-split granite bowl shapes in the Nanango area if anyone goes up that way. Some of it is decomposed on the surface so worth a test to see if it will be firm enough to plant in.
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Postby melbrackstone » November 15th, 2017, 9:18 am

Lots of nice granite around Tenterfield too. I brought some home but left it in my friend's car.... sadly never seen since.

Oh well...
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Postby SueBee » November 15th, 2017, 9:30 am

I was lucky enough to find some amazing meterorites in a complete strewn field while fossicking in Saudi Arabia a few years ago. The black meterorites showed up as an anomaly on the desert sand and I homed in on them from a higher dune.The sad thing was I had nothing but my shirt to carry them in so had to leave most for someone else as it was quite a hike back to base. I have searched a lot in Australia and never found any ,then not looking and come on a whole strewn field - it is a searchers dream. Some I sent to Museum and a few came home in my baggage with one around my neck that I set in silver.
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Postby melbrackstone » November 15th, 2017, 10:07 am

Nice! They would stand out against the sand!
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