Gemstones /sapphires at priory?

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Re: Gemstones /sapphires at priory?

Postby mfdes » Thu Jun 16, 2016 1:56 pm

Hi pan4blisters,

From what I've heard, the sapphires at Priory are a mix of Blue Tier stuff and locally sourced stones. The George River and Thureau's Deep Lead carry sapphires from the Blue Tier. Bread and Butter Gully and other locations away from the George system are locally derived from volcanic basalt pipes in the area.

Keep in mind Bread and Butter Gully is mostly private property, and some of the area is under current exploration licence EL9/2013, including Bread and Butter Gully. There is quite a bit of that area currently under ERA and a fantastic target for new, exploratory prospecting.

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Re: Gemstones /sapphires at priory?

Postby blisters » Sun Jun 19, 2016 4:46 pm

:D.Thanks for that mfdes. I found some small spinel a few miles further out off the ansons bay road a few years back but never chased it up! The missus and i have just left O'briens creek fossicking site at mt surprise in qld. We got some nice topaz for the 24 hour period with a lot of stones in the 5-8ct range. We put them in separate bags and have competitions to keep the momentum going. Some nice cutters in amongst them. Trying to attach some pics but having trouble with this site.

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Re: Gemstones /sapphires at priory?

Postby digginhard » Wed Oct 18, 2017 10:52 pm

story goes that there was 50-80ct stones found regulary there as well as a 900ct blue.Anybody looked lately or thinking about going?

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Re: Gemstones /sapphires at priory?

Postby blisters » Fri Oct 20, 2017 7:51 am

Been a while since we heard from you diggin. Very hard to find any infomation on priory sapphs so just wondering where you are sourcing that info from for that story as i would like to check it out. Even though its only 10 minutes up the road, i still havnt spent much time prospecting at or around priory but the mrt mines map overlay says that there were quit a few mines that sourced semi precious gemstones around the area.

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Re: Gemstones /sapphires at priory?

Postby digginhard » Fri Oct 20, 2017 11:18 am

Gday Blisters,yer mate ive been a bit quiet.The info on priory comes from a report written for van dieman mining company a few years ago.Ive been out of the water for a few months as it was just too cold.

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