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Usable Gems... and a little opinion.
Gem origins are of interest to many gem
fanciers. This is another in our occasional series highlighting gem
producing countries and regions.
This month we visit Australia, a major
player in the industry.
Let's start with the obvious... opal.
When speaking of gem origins and Australia, opal comes immediately to most
The world's primary producer of opal,
Australia has several opal fields scattered across its harsh
Lightning Ridge in the far south of the
Northern Territory is known for yielding fine black opals.
Coober Pedy is located in South
Australia, west of Lake Eyre and is world famous for it's opal
production and underground housing,
I think every state on the Australian
mainland has one or more opal fields. Some of the other fields are White Cliffs (NSW), Mintabie, Andamooka, and the fields in
western Queensland .
Australia the pearl factory...
beautiful, large South Sea pearls are farmed in a number of locations
along the coasts of Western Australia, Northern Territory, and Queensland.
A large quantity of corundum comes from
Australia. Their sapphires are known for being a dark, inky blue, and many
of them are. But Australia's gem gravels produce sapphires of many colors
and qualities... including fine blues.
As with many other sapphire mining
areas, the rough gems are in the gravels of ancient riverbeds, buried
under several yards of earth.
The best known fields are in Queensland.
That state's huge Anakie gem fields are located about 300 km west of
A new ruby mine is being developed just north of Sydney, in
New South Wales.
This gem field is producing facet grade
pink sapphire and ruby in test trenches. There aren't many places in the
world producing gem rubies in commercial quantities.
Many other colored gems are found in
Colored gems make Australia a major
player in today's gem and jewelry industry. While many finds have been
made so far, it is predicted that many, many more gem deposits are waiting
to be discovered.
Australia is also a major producer of
diamonds. We'll talk about Australian diamond pipes, cognac colored gems,
and much more next month.
President Bush imposed trade sanctions against Burma on
July 28th, 2003.
By signing "The Burmese Freedom and Democracy
Act," he closed the U.S. market to imports from Burma (Myanmar). The ban
goes into effect on August 28.
The action was taken in response to the recent arrest of
Aung San Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate.
Burma produces fine ruby, sapphire, spinel, peridot, and
Tanzania is tightening control over tanzanite.
In the spring of 2002, Tanzania put tanzanite
exports under tight regulation. This was done with the cooperation of gem
industry leaders after a rumor was spread that terrorists were profiting
in the tanzanite trade.
The rumor remains unproven, but the controls are
still in place.
Now the Tanzanian government is moving to completely
control the tanzanite trade. By 2005 all tanzanite will be required to be
cut within the country, eliminating the export of rough material.
Tanzanian miners and traders are also calling on the
government to set price controls on rough and cut stones.
Greed is about to kill another goose!
Now is the time to build your inventory for the coming
You should be buying...
- finished jewelry pieces
- loose gems
- gold chain
You can buy some finished pieces from us or one of the
other suppliers listed in your dealer information.
You know how to...
- buy a loose gem from us
- buy a compatible
mounting from a listed manufacturer
- have your trade shop set the gem to make
a custom piece
You should also have a few gold chains in stock. Look in
your dealer info for a supplier... or check with me. Send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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