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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      

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....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. 

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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.


NEW MINERALS FROM AFAR - CHINA AND RUSSIA August 04 2015

Earlier this year, Boris travelled to China and attended the third China (Hunan) Mineral and Gem Exhibition.

The event was held in the city of Chenzhou, a region rich in non-ferrous minerals., including tungsten, tin, bismuth and fluorite. Over the five day event, Boris sought out some interesting and unusual mineral specimens, as well as those minerals often associated with China, such as fluorite & stibnite. Amongst the hundreds of stalls, he needed the five days to allow time to view what was on display. He was amongst approximately 350,000 people who attended the event. At such large events, it can be hard to select from all that is on offer.  

We now have available, some fine new minerals from China, both at our showroom at Lune River, or at our stall at Salamanca Market. Photos will be posted on our website over the next few months, though we invite you to enquire about any of the specific minerals listed below that may interest you, and we can send photos to you via e-mail. Please find a list of these new minerals as follows:

 

  • Chalcopyrite/siderite
  • Calcite 
  • Quartz with hematite
  • Stibnite
  • Pyromorphite
  • Kesterite
  • Fluorite – incl. large octahedrons & combinations of fluorite with calcite and/or quartz
  • Smoky quartz/Spessartine
  • Hubeiite
  • Plumbogummite
  • Veszelyite
  • Crocoite – from the Type locality, where Crocoite was first described, in Russia.
  • Uvarovite – chrome/garnet, from Russia.

All that glitters. May 12 2015

At last we have some Tasmanian gold! Whilst they are small nuggets, they are very bright, and affordable - prices are either $22 or $30 each. We also have a couple of larger nuggets (W.A.), including an unusual gold crystal(Qld.). We have them at both Salamanca and at our rockshop at Lune River. In our jewellery area, we now have a small but varied range of designs of 9ct. gold rings, made by a friend of ours here in Tasmania. There are opals set in sterling silver rings, to compliment the Australian theme. On the Tasmanian front, we have some beautiful new specimens of Crocoite from the Adelaide mine, either in plastic boxes or on their own, with prices ranging from $20 - $300. The colour is a vibrant orange-red; very showy.

Amber in Poland June 18 2014

Amber

Amber. That intriguing fossilised resin, with its golden colours, its molten ways and its ability to bring the past into the present. Described as an organic gem, amber is the result of a natural wound or cut that occurred in certain trees, usually pines, millions of years ago. In response to the damage, resin would seep from the site, in an effort to seal the wound and prevent disease developing. It was this resin, in descending, that sometimes encased insects, pollen or fragments of surrounding plants that may have lodged in the bark. Poland is perhaps the best known location for amber, often referred to as Baltic Amber. It is on a very recent trip to Poland that I saw two very good displays of this interesting material. In Krakow, a store with amber jewellery showcased in the first room, also had a small museum in an adjoining room. There seemed no limit to the crafted amber jewellery, with a good range of both contemporary and more classic designs. In the adjoining room were many pieces of amber, either natural or polished or crafted into decorative items, each seeking to bring out the best in each piece. Intricate silverwork might embellish a rich, honey-coloured, translucent amber piece, whilst another polished specimen, in soft yellow opaque colours, might be carved into a beautiful three-dimensional ornament. All of these showcased the beauty and form of amber.
The other place I visited was the Museum of the Earth in Warsaw. Here, they too displayed a wonderful variety of crafted jewellery and carvings. Polished amber, often larger than a hand would sit alongside a natural, untouched piece, with its orange, red or yellow runnels and ‘frozen’ flows somehow fleshing out its ancient story. No amber display would be complete without showing the insect, plant and sometimes vertebrate inclusions, illuminated or backlit, the better to view the life forms from the past. I had only ever seen small pieces of amber before, so to go to Poland and see these wonderful displays was a special part of my journey.

Our Lune River Shop March 25 2014

Lunaris Gemstones shop is located between Hastings Caves and the Ida Bay Railway in the Far South of Tasmania. Featured are rare fossil ferns, found locally, and the rare mineral Crocoite (from Tasmania 's west coast) - which is the mineral emblem of the state. Also for sale are rough rock, minerals, and crystals from all over the world.

Also there is a fluorescent display.

Fossicking information is provided.


Monte Cristo Mine March 19 2014

Monte Cristo Mine and base camp
This mine began in the 1890's, in the search for silver, lead and zinc. It never developed any significant levels of production and no records exist to give further detail to its history.
The lease is now worked by us for the fossils contained with in the bell shale though the occassional piece of sphalerite, galena and pyrite are found. The shale (lower devonian) contains trilobites, corals, brachiopods and other marine species.
It is slow and demanding manual work - firstly to remove any overburden, usually a button-grass/heath mix, extract rock in sizeable pieces and then further reduce the rock with crack-hammers, hoping to reveal some hidden fossil within.  Whilst no complete specimens of the trilobite (digonus zeehanensis) have yet been found, we plan to continue the search.