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Have been lurking a while but finally decided to get around to posting. Am a sapphire miner from NSW Australia and interested in coloured gems of all kinds. Love to see all the great ideas in jewellery here - lots of inspiration.

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HI Andrew,
Nice to have you here ! I just posted some pics of another sapphire that I cut from your material. Very nice color !


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Nice to have you here ! I just posted some pics of another sapphire that I cut from your material. Very nice color !

Just looked at the pictures - they look great. You are doing a fantastic job with these sapphires.

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Hello Andrew, Welcome. Always glad to meet others with an interest in the dark side. [ha ha]The sapphires Michael E has been cutting are very nice. I have a friend who cuts stones and has a hard time finding decent rough. Would it be possiable to get some from down under?

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Thanks all ,I have just got home from another day at the mine, good stone but gee its been a cold one! I will send a private reply to the last question.
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Welcome Andrew!

I just saw that blue stone that Michael posted, and it's a WOW stone for sure!

It's nice to have you here. Perhaps you can share some of your rarer finds for us to drool over.


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Sapphires are definitely cool, but I want to see some pictures of the area where you live, how you mine the little devils and all of that background stuff. I don't mean the few pictures from your website, I mean the whole enchilada, maps, cool places that you go for fun and so forth. I've always wanted to go to Australia and it's still one of those, "Someday" things. Get that camera out, Andrew, and start showing some pics !


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Welcome and Nice to meet you! Sapphires are my favorite gemstone! Micheal E did a wonderful job on that sapphire!

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Sapphires are definitely cool, but I want to see some pictures of the area where you live, how you mine the little devils and all of that background stuff. I don't mean the few pictures from your website, I mean the whole enchilada, maps, cool places that you go for fun and so forth. I've always wanted to go to Australia and it's still one of those, "Someday" things. Get that camera out, Andrew, and start showing some pics !

Good idea - check out this post on our blog about the Reddestone Creek which runs through the middle of our farm. The sapphires we mine have been washed down river by this creek so all along this creek has been mined over past decades. It is a favourite spot for the kids to play and we got some nice pictures of some nesting swans this year.
As it happens, I do have to get the camera out and take some new photos for another job so stay tuned for more. We visited the site of an old (closed down) arsenic mine last weekend - will load some interesting pictures of this place as soon as I get them off the camera.

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Sassy, I didnt recieve your email? Sorry try again.
Michael order for some more photos nearly came unstuck this arvo while trying to get a decent photo of our last handmade sapphire ring. Gee I get frustrated trying to get a real copy of the natural beauty. Guess I better just try harder and not be tempted to toss the camera!

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Thanks Sassy, all recieved fine, let me know if you havnt already recieved my private email reply. Hope everyone had a good week over in the USA, Cold and misserable hear but spring is coming, I hope! Some realy nice Parti colour sapphire this week (I think the US call it Bi-colour), unuausual for us to get nice pieces so we are very pleased.

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Oh..you must post pics...Ronda

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Parti colour sapphire is found only rarely in the New England mines around Glen Innes but when we do find them they are normally clean and show spectacular life. Parti or Bi-colour is more common in Queensland but the stuff I have seen is a bit cracky and included although this is not always the case. There is definitely never two the same in our Australian Parti sapphire. They cut into a very interesting gem.

Have also attached a nice oval blue sapphire that we got back from our cutter recently. We definitely have not mastered the art of photographing gems yet (could learn a lot from Michael_E) but I think this photo shows the blue very nicely.

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Very cool looking parti-color.The blue is very nice also.

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