Don’t miss the annual Essendon Gem Show in April

Essendon Gem Show is held in April each year. The Essendon Gem Show was held on the weekend of 22nd and 23rd of April. Members of the gem club, other gem clubs and the public took the opportunity to see what our club has to offer. Our club is open to both adults and their children […]

About: Tektites

Tektites are irregularly and sometimes, intricately shaped nodules and blobs of a glassy substance that are thought to be the products of melted terrestial rocks (possibly formed by the impact of large meteorites on the Earth’s surface). They are the driest known minerals with a low water content of 0.005% and their name comes from […]

About: Opals

Opal is one of the world’s most beautiful gemstones. Unlike any other gemstone, opal displays rainbow spectrum colours in a moving pattern known as the “play of colour”. Opal is Australia’s national gemstone – over 95% of the world’s precious opal comes from Australia. Opal forms as a mineral solidified from gelatinous or liquid silica […]

About: Ammonites & Ammolites

Ammonites are prehistoric nautilus (extinct marine animals), related to the chambered nautilus, squid, cuttlefish and octopus family. They appeared 400 million years ago and thrived during the Palezoic and Mesozoic Eras. Ammonites were able to swim due to the unique construction of their shell, which was divided into a series of air chambers, called phragmacones. […]

Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Minerals

“The Complete Encyclopedia of Minerals” by Petr Korbel & Milan Novak is a comprehensive work of art that is filled with so many rocks, you can’t read it all in one night (or you might fall asleep attempting to do so!) Comprising over 600 mineral species on 296 action packed pages that are arranged according […]

Rockhounds: The Movie

Released in 2005, “Rockhounds: The Movie” is a “fascinating independent documentary film created with the aim of introducing gem and mineral collecting to a broad audience”. Directed by Todd Kent, the movie spans various fossicking and fossicking related activities in America, from digging for quartz in Arkansas to the well known Houston Gem & Mineral […]