Grandpa's Treasure Trove
I was in Queensland late December visiting family. I love a drop in, so visited my Uncle Henry on my way home, whose sheds (sheds, so many sheds) are filled with all the things my Grandpa used to collect. Including but not exclusively, tools for jewellery making, handmade lapidary tools and boxes, jars and tins full of stones, gems and minerals he had fossicked. My Grandpa used to take trips across Queensland and New South Wales, often with my Mum in tow to search for gems. He found many amazing Opals, Sapphires and other precious stones which he then cut himself. Some of them he even made into jewellery himself! Others were given as gifts to be made into sentimental jewellery for his grandchildren. I have a few of his cut stones ready to be made into rings or necklaces for my sisters and I.
On this visit I ventured into one of the overflowing sheds and found this vast collection of rocks and minerals and spent hours discovering all the many treasures he had found. The most exciting being some amazing Australian Opal slices from Lightening Ridge.
I have already handmade some silver and gold jewellery out of my grandpas rock collection, and will be writing a post soon about a sentimental and precious project I have been working on with them.