We are open for business again from JUNE 6. June 03 2020
Yes we are open again for the June long weekend. After this weekend our winter hours are - open Sunday to Thursday (closed Friday and Saturday). 9am to 4pm.
A season's change April 27 2020Autumn moves across the land, feeling more wintery than usual. Outside, the red of a Japanese maple, is matched by the reds of some new bracelets, made from an interesting blend of Australian jasper and pyrite (Western Australia). We have been adding new items and specimens to our website over the past month, with some lapidary slices to be listed soon. Our jewellery range is far more extensive than currently shown on our website. If you have a specific mineral, rock, or piece of jewellery that you're looking for, especially Tasmanian, then always feel free to contact us and enquire.
Lunaris shop at Lune River update April 03 2020
We are closing our shop at Lune River, in accordance with public health advice. Many new specimens have been added to our web-site in the last week, which we hope you will enjoy viewing. Additionally, if you saw something you liked at our Salamanca market stall, and you don't see it on our web-site, you can always contact us. Should you have any specific requests for jewellery, minerals or fossils, please e-mail us (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone Boris on 0447 001 601. Thank you.
Current trading for Lunaris Gemstones March 28 2020
Hello, in the circumstances of Salamanca market being closed, we are only currently trading at our rock-shop at Lune River. We shall add more specimens to our web-site. If planning a visit here, please phone beforehand to confirm we're open on the day you wish to come. Thank you, Chrystine & Boris (0447 001 601/ 03 6298 3182.
ZEEHAN GEM & MINERAL FAIR - WEST COAST EVENT October 31 2019
Well November has swung around again, and the Zeehan Gem & Mineral Fair is happening soon (November 9th & 10th). Though the organisers of the event have changed, the stadium will again host many traders, displaying all their beautiful minerals, crystals, fossils. Plus interesting geological, fossicking and mining information. Local collectors offer specimens that they found or mined from the wider region, alongside the 'earthen wares' of other dealers and lapidary folk....including some from interstate. There is always a variety of natural and crafted items -polished, carved, jewellery, or simply minerals and stones in their natural form. Items range from fine, top-end specimens for sale, to many choices for the beginner collector. It is a very interesting world....one of beauty, form and function!
(November 9th - 9am -4pm & 10th 9am. - 3pm.)
SOME NEW MINERALS FROM CHINA June 27 2019
Last month, Boris went to China, to attend the China Internationational Mineral and Gem Show in Chenzhou, Hunan Province. This was the 7th show he's gone to see, and his selections from the five day event are now with us at Lune River. The variety of minerals includes a fine twin-bladed azurite cluster, hematite quartz with chalcopyrite, a marcasite on calcite, blue fluorite with chalcopyrite, a small but handsome pyromorphite spray of crystals and a number of variations on the quartz theme. Amongst the polished pieces he brought home, there are some richly-coloured, sizeable lapis freeforms, richly-patterned spheres and freeform agate (for which China is famous), golden rutilated quartz as drilled, shaped pendant, plus a classic botroidal plate of malachite. For cassiterite enthusiasts, there is a fine twinned specimen, from Xuebaoding, Sichuan Province.
So, new colour and crystals to see........some will go to Salamanca market on Saturdays, whilst some will remain here at our showroom at Lune River. If you would like to find out more about the new stock of minerals, please contact us via our e-mail address or phone/text 0447001601.
BUTTONGRASS JADE® JEWELLERY from TASMANIA December 06 2018
We'd like to let you know that we once again have beads made from Buttongrass Jade ® from Western Tasmania. This latest batch has a rich variety of colours, including honey-tones, browns and greens, and look beautiful made up into necklaces, bracelets and earrings. Our beadcraft friend Karin Boyle from Southport, is the creative person who makes them for us (as well as our Stichtite in Serpentine range of jewellery) and are currently available at our showroom at Lune River, at our stall at Salamanca Market and our online shop. We are very pleased to extend our jewellery range again, beyond our choice of earrings (with sterling silver or gold). We hope to have some pendants and rings of Buttomgrass ® jade, set very simply in sterling silver very soon.
The next and last? Zeehan Gem & Mineral Fair 2018 October 24 2018
The 2018 Zeehan Gem & Mineral Fair is to be held again on the 10th & 11th of November, at the Primary School's sports stadium. Over fifteen years it has been run by a small and dedicated committee and a number of volunteers, and it has steadily grown to be a significant show in the Tasmanian calendar, for people interested in the world of minerals and fossils, in fossicking and lapidary work.
We have attended this show since it began, and are saddened to hear that this will be its final year (unless a new group of people take up the task and take over from the current committee). It has been our pleasure to join in the event, as we have often combined the trip west, with a few days of our own fossicking, which is always a form of R&R for us. The often wild west coastline, is wonderful to see.
The weekend event has always featured a wonderful fireworks display on the Saturday night on the sports oval, and the Fair always tried to provide for the local families, especially with free rides and other entertainment for children. We have appreciated the efforts of the committee in organising this annual event, both personally and for our business. The west coast has had a long history of mining, and a show of this sort is right for the region.
We invite all those with an interest, to attend this final Zeehan Gem & Mineral Fair. Our stall will be there,as usual, with minerals, Tasmanian stone jewellery, fossils, gems and facetted stones.
ANNUAL HOBART GEM, MINERAL & FOSSIL SHOW 2018 March 14 2018
Hello there, I thought I'd quickly insert a late notice regarding the annual event in Hobart, where people with an interest in minerals and fossils gather, to share stories and the rocky 'wares". The event is on this coming weekend (17th & 18th March) at the Grandstand Hall in the Hobart Showgrounds. Sat - 9-5pm and Sund. - 9- 4pm. There is an admission fee of $5 for adults/Children $1.
It is a great time to come and see not only Tasmanian minerals, but world-wide specimens too, including a healthy component of jewellery. There will be information regarding the various clubs in Tasmania and a number of stall-holders are from interstate, many of whom, collect their own specimens.
It's always a good opportunity to see such interesting and beautiful crystals, fossils and rock.......this show will be followed by a show in Devonport, on the next weekend. Details available at this weekends event.
We hope if you live in Tasmania, or are visiting the state, that you come and see the beautiful specimens on display, with much for sale
For further information, phone Rosemary (03) 6249 1408
ps. Parking: a public area is set aside across the highway, opposite the Grandstand Hall
Zeehan Gem & Mineral Fair October 28 2016
On the 5th & 6th of November, Zeehan will host its wonderful Gem and Mineral Fair. Held annually for over ten years, this is a great town and regional event. Stallholders from Tasmania and interstate attend the Fair, with minerals, fossils, jewellery, giftware, carvings and lapidary supplies available. There is a strong focus on providing an event for all in the community over the two days, both within the town and the wider region. Outside activities for children include rides, jumping castles, reptile display, gold panning, face painting etc. And the Saturday night fireworks is always a splendid event.
This is a great chance to view many fine and affordable mineral specimens, for both the beginner and the collector. Zeehan has had a long history in the mining world in Tasmania, and is the perfect town to host an event like this. The town has a museum with its own geology and history displays.
There is an entrance fee of $5 for adults, with children under 12, free. A raffle is always held, with a fine Crocoite (Tasmania's Mineral Emblem) specimen being First Prize (value of $500!) For more details, search the web under Zeehan Gem & Mineral Fair 2016.
Two 'rock' shows in the coming two weeks. March 16 2016
Just spreading the word about the two gem, mineral and fossil shows about to happen in Tasmania.
The annual Hobart Gem, Mineral & Fossil Show will be held this weekend (19th & 20th March) at the Hobart Showground, Glenorchy - the venue is the Grandstand Hall.
Saturday times: 9 - 5pm Sunday times: 9 -4pm
....and over Easter,, 25th - 28th March, a four day show in Ulverstone. The town will host The 52nd NationalGem & Mineral Show, at the Ulverstone Showgrounds, in Flora Street.. This event will have many interstate traders and visitors, who will display their earthy 'goods', either for sale or as competition displays. This event is held in a different state each year and has a dedicated retinue of show followers, some of whom are here to fossick as well as attend the state's two shows.
Lunaris Gemstones will be attending both events, with a new selection of Tasmanian topaz from Flinder's Island, as facetted stones; jade jewellery from western Tasmania, and some unusual 'Sunstone' Aquamarine, both rough and facetted. We will have our usual array of Stichtite in Serpentine - from Dundas, Tasmania - as carvings, jewellery and rough pieces, suitable for carving or as a mineral specimen.
A new sparkle or two! - Topaz from Flinder's Island January 28 2016
It had been eight years since we last went over to Flinder's Island - for rest and relaxation, as well as to look for topaz. Having been asked for some by a number of people over the past few months, we decided we'd better go fossicking, to see what we could find.
We went last November, before we got too busy with visitors to our show-room and at Salamanca Market. Instead of taking our vehicle across on the barge, as on our first visit, we flew into Whitemark and hired the island's only camper-van, from the friendly folk at the caravan park. This allowed us better mobility, independence and allowed us to tuck ourselves away, savouring some solitude, one of Tasmania's natural gifts, often having a beach to ourselves and the birds. The relaxing part of the journey was easy come by, and truly savoured - to ly in a rock-pool, with just sea and sky, is bliss indeed. And I'm glad to say that our fossicking efforts proved successful, with some good-sized topaz for cutting, amongst our finds. We've had some facetted and they are now for sale, both at our market stall at Salamanca and at Lune River, in our rock-shop. Sizes vary, with stones averaging between 1 - 4 carats, with one large beauty, at 20.97 carats! Prices range from $65 - $1,150. Though most are clear, we have some blue shades and soft yellows. A rare find, was a pink topaz, now cut to display its unusual hue.
Two stones sold in the first two weeks we presented them, which is a nice response, so if you'd like to see some Tasmanian topaz (called by some, 'Killiecrankie Diamonds'), please come to our stall at Salamanca - we're always near St. David's Park- or to our show-room. We haven't as yet put cut topaz into our on-line shop, but this will happen soon.
......always a wonderful island to visit, with many rewards!
Chrystine and Boris
ps. please note that we also have other facetted gemstones, both Australian and overseas.
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