Mining Sapphire in Gemfields Queensland Australia

The Central Queensland Sapphire Gemfields are located on the Tropic of Capricorn approximately 350 kms (217 miles) west of Rockhampton, Queensland Australia ( 50 kms west of Emerald). Access is by sealed roads to the townships of Anakie, Sapphire, Rubyvale and The Willows. The area has a permanent population of around 3000 people.

During the peak tourism period from May to September, this number will at least double and up to 60,000 visitors come here over the course of a year. Winter is the peak season for Australian travelers and in Summer we often can see an influx of international tourists escaping the northern hemisphere winter.

The Gemfields has a unique easily going lifestyle, many of the residents have a strong independent streak and an unconventional outlook on life. This has resulted in the Gemfields evolving its own special style of building and living.

Emerald and other Gemstones

For thousands of years, Emeralds have been considered some of the most beautiful and valuable gems in existence. In many instances, their value can exceed the value of a diamond of comparable carat weight. Emeralds are rare and precious gems of the beryl family, distinguished by their rich green color. The largest quantities of Emeralds are found in Brazil, Colombia, and East Africa.

Some more precious and semi-precious gemstones include Amethyst, Ametrine, Aquamarine, Citrine, Iolite, Peridot, Topaz, Tourmaline and more.

Emerald

Emerald is a member of the beryl family of minerals. Other gemstones in this family include Aquamarine, Bixbite, Golden Beryl, Goshenite, and Morganite. The most prized color for Emerald is a deep, vibrant, rich green. Inclusions are extremely common among Emeralds. These are an important way to mark the distinction between natural and synthetic stones.
Almost all Emeralds have some inclusions. The visibility of fractures can be reduced by filling them with oils and resins. Both of these methods are accepted practice and do not in any way diminish the value of the stone.

Emeralds are very delicate stones. They should NOT be cleaned in ultrasonic or steam cleaners. The most recommended way is using a soft brush with warm, soapy water as the best way to clean your Emerald jewelry.

Aquamarine, Emerald, and Tourmaline

There is quite a variety of rough gemstones such as Tourmaline, Aquamarine, Emerald, Sapphire, Topaz, and Quartz, just to name a few. Let’s take a closer look at a few of them that are mined across Latin America and Africa.

Aquamarine
Aquamarine is a fascinatingly beautiful gemstone. The name “aquamarine” comes from Latin. Aqua is water, and Mare is sea. Rumor has it that the aquamarine’s strengths are optimally developed when the stone is placed in sunlight-bathed water. There are hardly any other gemstones in the contemporary world of jewelry design that are so refined and available in so many varieties of ways to work with as aquamarine.

Regardless whether the aquamarines are shown as clear, transparent gems in the traditional, classic step cut, or cut in a creative way or in a more contemporary artistic design, they are always beautiful in a fascinating way. Uncut the aquamarine is impressive as well, and if you come across one that has many inclusions brought about by a designer’s idea of how the stone should be cut, an aquamarine can be very beautifully refined to become a stunning and fascinating creation.

The Great Barrier Reef Pollution – Farms & Fossil Fuels

For years we learned as students that the Great Barrier Reef was the most beautiful reef in the world, and many of us (myself included) took a gap year after working hard toward our high school diploma. I took and passed the GED Test while using Best GED Classes online prep to get all set in a timely manner. So I too visited this famous place. It was worth it! Now we hear new but alarming things about the Great Barrier Reef.

All rhetoric and policies around the Great Barrier Reef issues have in no way matched reality while one of the world’s greatest natural wonders keeps on suffering from ongoing pollution. But as in late November 2015, corals in the northern portions of the Great Barrier Reef began to get a bleached white color, things finally turned around.

For many years, the Australian population had been told that one of the world’s most precious ocean jewels was getting better, and it had been only months ago that Australia’s government had been successful to not include the Great Barrier Reef in a United Nations list of endangered world heritage sites.

Gemstone Cutting Practice

All gem shops in Central Queensland’s Sapphire area have the mission to enhance the beauty given to each natural stone placed in their hands for cutting and setting. They strive to amplify the natural qualities in the most beneficial way – there is nothing natural about faceting a stone, but the study and best use of that stone, continues a natural theme.

With that in mind, these professionals pursue the process by designing settings and choosing “forms” to follow the “function”. Whether you choose to allow them to cut, design, or set, or buy one of their stones for your own ideas and designs, it’s entirely up to you. They all offer at least one concept that few other places in the world can – the ability to design your jewelry from the gemstone rough, through the cutting, and finally to the finished setting. Looking around their ateliers, you’ll find plenty of beautiful examples of such finished products.

The difference between cutting gemstones and cutting diamonds

That is a simple question without a simple answer. Historically, colored gemstone cutting and carving go back at least 5000 years, but the techniques used to cut diamonds have only been used for several hundred. Diamonds are the hardest material known to man and only diamond can be used to cut another diamond.

Diamond has different degrees of hardness depending on its ‘grain’, which makes knowing how to cut diamonds a tedious business. And diamonds, by comparison, take a great deal more time to cut and polish then corresponding colored gemstones. Other than that the tools and techniques used have a lot of similarities.
A colored gemstone cutter has a specialized knowledge of the stones that are cut, as diamond cutters have with diamonds. Colored gemstones may require a specialized polishing technique, whereas diamond always uses the same.