Emerald and other Green 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. Emerald and other Green Gemstones 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.

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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.

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Blue Gemstones 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. Let’s look better at Blue Gemstones Cutting Practice.

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.

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The Difference between Cutting Yellow 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. So here we look a little further at the difference between cutting Yellow Gemstones and cutting Diamonds.

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.

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Mining Sapphire and Gemstone Fever

THE SAPPHIRE GEMFIELDS
Now here, It’s all about the bling-bling, baby!

When you’ll be visiting the towns of Sapphire, Rubyvale, Anakie, and Willows Gemfields, all located in the region of the Sapphire Gemfields, Central Queensland, you are bound to be caught by some pretty serious gemstone fever… The region of the Central Queensland Sapphire Gemfields is found just a short 45-minute drive to the west of Emerald on the Capricorn Highway, some 3 three hours due west of Rockhampton. The area is representing more than 900 square kilometers of the best gem fossicking opportunities in the world.

The Sapphire Gemfields can be explored in many ways.  Gemfields. You can take one of the guided tours to explore an underground mine or you can sign up for a tag-along gem digging tour. Another option is to set out on a self-drive fossicking tour, bring all the necessary equipment and maps by yourself and explore the region’s backtracks. You can visit one of the fossicking parks, buy a sapphire “wash” bucket, be taught how to sieve the material, and learn how to recognize a sapphire in the rough.

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Gemfest – Central Queensland Sapphire Fields

Gemfest, Central Queensland’s annual 4-day Festival of Gems is a great exhibition that provides a one-of-a-kind jewelry and gemstone experience. Here you can find the finest offerings from the best-respected gemstone traders from all across the planet and there is lots of quality entertainment and the best food. At the Festival of Gems, you can discover some of the finest and unique Australian Sapphires around, and the festival takes place every August in Anakie, Queensland, at the town’s Allan King Memorial Park. Gemfest is one of the world’s most impressive, and Australia’s best-known showcase for gemstones from both the country itself and from internationally renown artists.

Every year, tens of thousands of visitors from all parts of the world gather in Anakie to enjoy and share the excitement of the Gemfields and to marvel at the numerous gems that are on display. Many Gemfest visitors are staying for the entire Australian winter season and a lot of them are loyal and regular visitors to Central Queensland. The Gemfest festival has enjoyed a high profile for many years and is recognized by experts as among Australia’s finest Gem Shows. The organization behind Gemfest – Festival of Gems has set up a nonprofit agency that’s dedicated to promoting Central Queensland’s Sapphire Fields and stimulating the tourist industry in the region.

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Gemfest, The Festival Of Gems, and Miner’s Heritage

Every year in August (In Australia’s winter) you can visit Gemfest, the Festival of Gems, and Miner’s Heritage. Gemfest is the largest Sapphire exhibition in Australia that is organized annually over four days.

Of course, local Sapphires will be the Gems of choice during the festival, but you can also admire a great selection of pearls, diamonds, opals, zircons, and several other interesting Gemstones at the festival.

Australia’s Sapphire Gemfields, in Central Queensland, is a region that covers some 900 square kilometers (347 square miles) of the most important Sapphire-bearing terrain in the world. The area includes the towns of Sapphire, Rubyvale, Anakie, and Willows.  The area offers a lot to uncover, and you may even discover your riches that could be just a stone’s throw away.

What are Sapphires

The mineral corundum has a gem variety that’s called ‘Sapphire’. It is actually one of the most sought-after and highest prized gems that we know, and Sapphires can have all sorts of colors.  All gems of all colors are called ‘Sapphires’ with the exception of the red stones that are named ‘Rubies’. So a Ruby is a red Sapphire.

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Southern Great Barrier Reef – The Keppels

beaches-gki-2The Keppel Islands form a true island paradise located on the Southern Great Barrier Reef. With 18 breathtakingly beautiful islands, the Keppel Isles boasts the very best of the reef, a sparkling blue sea, and pristine white sand beaches.

You can swim right off the beach and onto the world’s biggest coral reef while you’ll be protected by a fringing reef. This makes that the waters surrounding the Keppel Isles are surprisingly amazingly calm, which makes it the perfect spot for all sorts of watersports, such as scuba diving and snorkeling, water-skiing and tubing, and sea kayaking.

The region boasts an abundance of sea life, tropical fish, and colorful coral, that are filling the waters only the shortest swim away. If you feel like diving a little deeper, the Keppel Isles are entirely surrounded by fringing reefs and an impressive marine life. There are over 40 fantastic dive locations where you can marvel at hard and soft coral, a huge variety of tropical fish, the friendliest turtles, dolphins, sea snakes, and gigantic manta rays.

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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.

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Fossicking For Sapphires in The Gemfields

fossicking-for-sapphiresIn this post, you can learn how to go about when you want to go fossicking for sapphires in the Sapphire Gemfields, Central Queensland. The Sapphire Gemfields cover around 900 square kilometers, some 348 square miles, and the area is actually one of the largest sapphire fields on earth.

The area includes the towns of Rubyvale, Anakie, Sapphire, and Willows Gemfields. Mining in the fields started in 1875 when a Railway surveyor found the first sapphire gem here. Today, visitors from all across the planet come here to search for a sapphire that may come in multiple colors, from yellow, blue, and green, to multi-colored and star-shaped sapphires.

If you feel like trying your luck you can come to Central Queensland and find a sapphire in the Gemfields of Central Queensland. Sure, you can come to the Rubvale Gem Gallery and purchase a fine piece of sapphire jewelry or a cut gem, but digging up your very own rough sapphire is a great experience that’s sure to make your souvenir a lot more precious.

If you want to find your own sapphire, take a look at these guidelines for fossicking for sapphires.

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