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“A fossicking experience” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Mount Surprise Gems - The Gem Den

Mount Surprise Gems - The Gem Den
Garland St, Mt Surprise Q. 4871, Mount Surprise, Queensland 4871, Australia
61 7 4062 3055
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Birkdale, Australia
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“A fossicking experience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

If you want to experience fossicking and have no idea how to, then Pete and Pam Blackburn in Mt surprise are the people to see. We joined a tour on Pete's bus and he drove us out to his claim. He instructed us on how to use the equipment supplied and showed us the topaz that we would be looking for. We found a few stones, one we left with him to cut. Morning tea was supplied. A dusty excursion but one which left us with a degree of satisfaction.

Visited August 2014
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Healesville, Australia
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“Go Fossicking”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Across the road from Bedrock Village is the Gem Den. Peter and Pam will give you all the information on fossicking for Topaz at the O'Brien fields. You can hire the equipment that is needed or as we did, join a group of people with Peter as our guide and travel to his claim in his vehicle for a few hours of fun. Sure you get a bit dirty but at the end of it you will have some topaz. If you want, Peter will facet the stones and even have them set for you. I'm sure you will have a wonderful experience.

Visited July 2014
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Cairns, Australia
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“Thank you Peter”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2013

Our visit to the area was short but we enjoyed our visit to the Gem Den; thank you Peter for your help and advise about choosing topaz gemstones for me. Friendly and informative service. Did not get to see the stone cutting though; next time

Visited November 2013
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“Terrific Topaz”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

Located right opposite "Bedrock Caravan Park", the Gem Den is loaded with mineral specimens from inexpensive sliced agate geodes through facetted gemstones to museum quality specimens. The owners provide hands on fossicking experiences with inexpensively priced buckets of sapphire and topaz was dirt. Equipment and instructions are included in the price. I bought a few buckets of the topaz wash and found a handful of very pretty clear topaz crystals. Some of them would make good cut stones but I will be keeping them as great examples of natural mineral crystals.

My wife bought a couple of nicely cut pyrope/almandine garnets on pretty sterling silver chains. The couple who run the Gem Den do the gem faceting and assemble the jewellery themselves. I thought their products were charming and good value.

Visited September 2013
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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“A great start to your fossiking adventure”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

Well informed, amiable and friendly couple happy to advise aspiring fossikers. Well established business with very good displays.

Visited July 2013
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