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    Re: A street selling rocks and gemstones i missed...

    Quote Originally Posted by Khun Don View Post
    When you say "afghan gems" do you mean Lapis Lazuli?
    Not just lapis but every gems from afghan.
    ex: tourmaline, aquamarine, kunzite and etc.

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    Re: A street selling rocks and gemstones i missed...

    In Oz you can go on organised "fossicking" tours to the places where the stones are to be found. Participants fossick around the diggings and in some areas you can pan in the streams for gold.

    To Fossick.

    To search for gold, especially by reworking washings or waste piles.

    To rummage or search around, especially for a possible profit.

    Opal mining at Coober Pedy and Lightning Ridge... Andamooka... Hmm.. lots of strange guys up there. It's like the wild wild West!! The story goes that a tax inspector went up there once to try to get the locals to pay income tax. He was never seen again. It was just a story ...Or was it??

    http://www.opalsdownunder.com.au/articles/fields.php

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    Re: A street selling rocks and gemstones i missed...

    Quote Originally Posted by Surawut View Post

    To Fossick.

    To search for gold, especially by reworking washings or waste piles.

    To rummage or search around, especially for a possible profit
    I thought that was "noodling"?
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    Re: A street selling rocks and gemstones i missed...

    Quote Originally Posted by Surawut View Post
    In Oz you can go on organised "fossicking" tours to the places where the stones are to be found. Participants fossick around the diggings and in some areas you can pan in the streams for gold.
    That's a word I haven't heard for many a year! In the 1960s we used to have a Kale family living next door and the old man (Mr Bryan) went 'fossicking' with his horse and cart. He died in 1971 but I still see his grand-daughter around.

    Kale are Welsh Romanies.

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    Re: A street selling rocks and gemstones i missed...

    I have many fond childhood memories of tromping thru the woods picking up small geodes and any rock that caught my fancy. When I found a round geode I'd take it home and hit it with a hammer to see what treasure was inside. Nowadays I am content with going to North Carolina's many rock, gem, jewelry & bead shows. Many of the dealers are from Southeast Asia or India.

    I've been lusting for an amethyst cathedral geode for many years now. I'd like one about 3 feet tall. Every year the price gets higher and my budget gets shorter!

    The last few times I was in Thailand I was told that most of what few gems were left were being exported, and nearly everything was heat treated.

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    Re: A street selling rocks and gemstones i missed...

    Quote Originally Posted by Susana View Post
    The last few times I was in Thailand I was told that most of what few gems were left were being exported, and nearly everything was heat treated.
    Thailand Blue sapphires are routinely heat treated to enhance their colour from a pale to a deep blue to mimic Sri Lankan top quality sapphires-I have watched part of the process- and others to create orange sapphires.
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    Re: A street selling rocks and gemstones i missed...

    To get back to the original question: where is the street that sells minerals and rocks.
    Suggest a visit to:

    Minerals and Rocks Museum
    Rama IV Road opposite the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
    Tel: 245-6210
    The exhibit is divided into two categories: geology and mineral resources. No fee. Open Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.


    and ask there.
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    Re: A street selling rocks and gemstones i missed...

    Quote Originally Posted by Khun Don View Post
    To get back to the original question: where is the street that sells minerals and rocks.
    Suggest a visit to:

    Minerals and Rocks Museum
    Rama IV Road opposite the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
    Tel: 245-6210
    The exhibit is divided into two categories: geology and mineral resources. No fee. Open Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.


    and ask there.
    May i know what are the price ranges from minimum to maximum?

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    Re: A street selling rocks and gemstones i missed...

    Quote Originally Posted by Khun Don View Post
    Thailand Blue sapphires are routinely heat treated to enhance their colour from a pale to a deep blue to mimic Sri Lankan top quality sapphires-I have watched part of the process- and others to create orange sapphires.
    Apparently it was the Sri Lankans who pioneered heat treatment to enhance colour so much so that it's acceptable practice whereas......the mother of all heat treatment - Beryllium Treatment which was pioneered by the Thais can turn an ugly sapphire into a nice looking Padparascha sapphire or a so called "pigeon red" ruby. It's unacceptable practice. That's where people get scammed. It's amazing what people come up with nowadays.

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    Re: A street selling rocks and gemstones i missed...

    The only place I know that sells kunzite, tourmalines etc., (and yes, they are from Afghanistan) is under Naraiphan. Very easy to find - opposite Central World, and close to Gaysorn Plaza.

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