Useful Information

Series of pages with useful and hopefully helpfull information

The header photographs are:-

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and

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Both examples of enamelling done by club members

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and

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are photographs taken at the Willows gemfields of twelve Apostle birds all in a row.

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View of Wollongong from Mt Keira

Following are part of a display case 2013 exhibition

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View of  showing various ribbonstone cabochons

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View showing various agate specimens

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View showing various agate specimens

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Beautiful carvings

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View showing various agate specimens

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Sunset at the Gem Tree Caravan Park Northern Territory

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Pond in Wollongong Botanical Gardens

Here are the basic gemstone definitions:

  1. Genuine gemstone – Just what it says a real gemstone. No glass or synthetic material – just as nature made it although has to be admitted that many genuine gemstones do undergo some form of treatment eg heat. Most Sapphire on the market has undergone heat treatment but that is accepted as normal.
  2. Synthetic gemstone – These have the same properties as a natural gemstone but are created in a laboratory. Laboratory gems look just like the natural gemstones and can sometimes be just as expensive. Very difficult to tell from what nature made.
  3. Imitation gemstone – Another man made gemstone but it does not have the same actual properties of real gems or even the synthetic gems. Many times they are little more than coloured and hardened glass.
  4. Simulated gemstone – Another word for imitation gemstone and that material can be anything from stone to plastic to glass. An example dyed Howlite (a natural gemstone) passed off as Turquoise.