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FOSSICKING AREAS in TASMANIA Booklet - now available August 13 2022

It's great to see the reprint of the Fossicking Areas in Tasmania booklet, produced by Mineral Resources Tasmania. Having been out of print for some time, this new version includes the addition of a new collecting location (Tunnel Marsh), bringing the number of sites open to the public, to eleven. The glossy pages and coloured photographs are a new feature of the booklet, which contains the usual guidelines, information and any special conditions that may apply to sites. The booklet also includes maps regarding each fossicking location, listing what can potentially be found there..

Great to see the booklet available again - copies are available at our shop and at our Salamanca stall on Saturdays (near Davey Street end). 


A World of Faceted Stones from Tasmania June 20 2022

We'd like to let people know that we now have some Tasmanian faceted stones for sale. Stones include peridot, sapphire, amethyst, topaz, clear & smokey quartz, pink spinel and citrine. Whilst we've had Flinder's Island topaz before, mostly from our own fossicking adventures, and a beautiful batch of the famous Sister's Creek zircon, it is wonderful to now have this new selection of other gemstones to offer. You can visit our Salamanca market stall on Saturdays....or visit us at our Lune River show-room. Please phone in advance, to confirm that we're open.

New Book Release & Hobart Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show 2022 February 21 2022

If you've looked in the Book section of our website recently, you will have noticed a new book called Tasmanian Agates. This book reflects the interest in, and appreciation of this gemstone by John Richmond, a long-time fossicker and collector of agates who has journeyed to many parts of the state, in search of these beautiful stones. Full of colourful, well-taken photographs by Nancy Preuss, the text is informative as to the agates diversity, discusses formation and location. Designed to reflect his own personal interest, this book is a wonderful addition to Tasmania's earth history, revealing the beauty of agate.

Hobart Gem, Mineral & Fossil Show - 19th & 20th March 2022

This annual show in the Grandstand Hall, Hobart Showground, Glenorchy, is on in just under a month. Many of us who are stall-holders have been preparing specimens and stones in readiness, over the past few months. At Lunaris, we have continued with processing more Tasmanian, more Lune River material in our workshop, hoping to present some new and attractive stones and fossils. This show is of great general appeal - to all ages and interests, particularly relating to earth history..... show-casing beauty and our learning, science-based or otherwise. 

  Hours -Sat 9am to 5pm ; Sun 9am to 4pm 

         Adults $5, Children $1

 


Our Spring update October 21 2021

Well the Spring has encouraged us to do more in our workshop, in response to the wet weather over September. Much cutting and polishing of rock, with most of it from the Lune gemfields, was all in Boris's hands. Some lovely agates, fern fossil and petrified wood are now finished and being taken to our stall at Tasmania's Own Market (ex-Salamanca Market), as well as on display in our shop at Lune River. We plan to select a few new specimens, to put online as well                              Also we'd like to let you know that this year we will not be attending the Zeehan Gem & MIneral Fair on 6th & 7th November. This year the event will be held in the old Gaiety Theatre, with other activities also planned around the Heritage Centre. To find out more, contact the West Coast Heritage Museum who are now the organisers for the Fair. Chrystine & Boris

Autumn's spell April 07 2021

          well the GEMBOREE has come and gone. for us, the event was very worthwhile, both with sales and the socialising with fellow-enthusiasts. Whilst it is a national event, there were few actual mineral collectors, though enough of the local and interstate visitors to keep a variety of enquiries and stories going. we plan to miss this coming market (Sat.10th April), and simply enjoy being home, with Lunaris Gemstones rock-shop open, of course. There are still enough travellers around, wanting fossicking info, or happy and curious to look at everything - minerals, fossils, gemstones and jewellery - both on display and for sale.

     After any show, we usually have a day or two cleaning up the shop, and yesterday and today was no exception. We spent more time and effort painting, waxing bench-tops etc......revitalising the whole room, including changing layouts. 

      So with Autumn rains about, it can be a very nice time of year to actually fossick down here, after the harder summer ground of the past few months, though the generally cooler Summer meant fewer snakes, march-flies and mozzies about.   

       So thank you to all who attended and supported the show, and especially to those who volunteered to organise the whole event. . 

regards,

       Chrystine and Boris

 


The National GEMBOREE, here in Hobart, Easter 2021 March 25 2021

We'd like to let you know about the upcoming National GEMBOREE, planned for the four days over Easter. This mineral, gem and fossil show occurs annually, in a different state each year; this year in Hobart - at the Hobart Showground in Glenorchy. A wonderful event for those interested in stones, minerals, jewellery and fossils. There will be traders from interstate alongside Tasmanian businesses, lapidary club members and hobbyists. Outside, there will be an area for 'tail-gating', where  people with their 'earthen wares', will sell from their vehicles or marquees.

This event will present a fantastic range of gemstones, fossils and crystals, including including stone-based jewellery or facetted stones.. Exhibits and competition work will be show-cased amongst other displays. The last time Tasmania hosted this 4 day event was back in 2016, so we're very fortunate to have the opportunity to do so again, considering the Covid situation that emerged last year. (Note: the event will operate under a Covid-19 Safety Plan).

A very unique exhibit will be on display, called the The Jonesonian - a miniature,  one-twelfth scale of a gem, mineral and fossil museum;  its external shape representing a cluster of crystals. Inside this remarkable museum, the contents are made from genuine agates, stone and fossils. Such a skillful recreation, well-suited to the Gemboree show.

At the fourd day show, various clubs or societies will have stalls and information/publications and there will be an interesting 'collective' pool of knowledge and information to be shared.

Dates:April 2nd-5th at The Grandstand Hall     

We will update this Gemboree information, should there be any changes. 

Days of opening::

Friday - 12 noon - 5pm  Sat. - 9 - 5pm  Sunday - 9 - 5pm  Monday - 9 - 2pm

 Admission:    Adults - $8,    Concession - $5,    Children under 16 - $2

 


Now trading each Saturday at Salamanca Market December 15 2020

We are back each week at Salamanca market trading at the Davey St end. In fact we are the first stall you come across if walking in from the city end. Hours are 0830 - 1500.

New stock this week includes small fossil fish, amethyst crystals and polished dragon stone jasper as freeform pieces. Also popular small fossil dishes are back in stock. Tasmanian Buttongrass Jade, stichtite, crocoite and Lune River fossils are available. Large decorator pieces include malachite, labradorite and agate. Over 300 crystal/mineral specimens to choose from. Come and browse for that special gift.


Update about our Market Life in Hobart on Saturday November 12 2020

Tasmania's Own Market ( the small version of Salamanca Market) Come down to Salamanca Pl on a Saturday and experience a leisurely market without the crowds but still with the quality products! 

We attend every second Saturday at Salamanca Place, having been part of this local interim market, since it began back in August. Currently, our new site location is #211, near the Montpelier Retreat entrance. This stall site is very large, allowing us to display more beautiful and interesting specimens from the earth. Cut and polished specimens, crystals and Tasmanian stone jewellery, including Buttongrass Jade from the West Coast of Tasmania. Our shop at Lune River is open most days, though we suggest that you ring to confirm before you head south.


Springtime market at Salamanca September 22 2020

Hello from The Lune......we wanted to let you know that we're still participating in the on-going Tasmania's Own Market, which is like a mini Salamanca market. Currently we are attending on a fortnightly basis....and will be at Site 172 (city-end entrance),starting this Saturday the 26th of September. We have the same range and diversity of minerals, gems and fossils as always, and are pleased to be back in market swing. It's a great time to visit, not only because Spring has arrived, but people are commenting that they appreciate the lack of really big crowds...makes it very relaxing to wander. So, whether you're looking for a beautiful tumbled stone, a Tasmanian Buttongrass Jade necklace.....or a fish fossil, they'll be on our table this Saturday.         Chrystine and Boris

A new market for Tasmanians August 12 2020

Hello again, well a new market is being trialled at Salamanca Place each Saturday, called "Tassie's Own Market" - a condensed version of Salamanca Market. We'll be there this Saturday 15th Aug. and then each fortnight. Our stall will be next to the entrance to the market at Montpelier St (city-end). We'll have nearly everything we usually have, including Tasmanian mineral specimens and fossils, jewellery made from Tasmanian stone, and a wide range of overseas specimens. It would be great to see some familiar faces there, and to help the market continue.


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.

Phone 0447001601


A season's change April 27 2020

Autumn 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.