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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.

Lunaris shop at Lune River update April 03 2020

Goodmorning,

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 (lunaris@skymesh.com.au) 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.