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derby gems

Posted: Thu Dec 03, 2015 8:15 pm
by jason
Just wondering if any one done much gem hunting around Derby ,i found these gems down Mutual rd but would there be any gold in that area ,I HAVE A PARTY SAPHIRE cut very unusual has any found anything similar and a blue saphire cut .I am in south of state and finding it hard to find any one to go with ?

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Posted: Thu Dec 03, 2015 10:45 pm
by Elpho
Wow they look really nice, im up NW of state out the back of burnie, when i get my license i'd be keen to fossick with people!

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Posted: Fri Dec 04, 2015 12:12 pm
by TheDanger
Im in the NW but keen to go looking!

Re: derby gems

Posted: Fri Dec 04, 2015 2:04 pm
by ratters
I've got a weekend or 2 tentatively put aside in Jan/Feb for trips out that way, got a few likely spots I want to check out and some places I want to revisit so I will post here if anyone else wants to join in. nice work there jason how long did it take you to collect that lot?

Re: derby gems

Posted: Fri Dec 04, 2015 6:11 pm
by jason
No worries ratters I had a couple of weekends over Easter for the last two years but not sure which area I found the party colour gem I thought it was a coloured long topaz with orange centre but when it was cut it produced different colours and looks very unusual .

Re: derby gems

Posted: Sat Dec 05, 2015 6:44 am
by mfdes
Hi Jason,

I've camped at the Mutual Bridge a few times and fossicked Main Creek along a few spots. You've got some nice stones there! I've never seen any gold in Main Creek, it doesn't drain the right geology. Black Creek, nearer Branxholm, has a little bit of very fine gold in it.

Re: derby gems

Posted: Sat Dec 05, 2015 3:51 pm
by jason
Hi mfdes
Yes that's nice spot but the damn wasps nearly eat u alive there .
I go up the road further up from bridge. Walk half a km back down into small creek below waterfall and get amongst big boulders there , lots big spinel ,topaz and saphires done ok there but walking out with gear not so much fun after big day in creek lol.
Have u ever found gems in branxholm

Re: derby gems

Posted: Sat Dec 05, 2015 4:35 pm
by jason
Just went back to my old maps and it was main creek that I've been going too and also black creek near braxholm but not far from highway there found washout bowls full of gems wish I had panned for gold in them too we'll maybe next time
Thnx for info