If you’re interested in finding gemstones or crystals, then this blog post is for you! There are many ways to find gems including panning, digging or even buying them in a ‘paydirt bag’. Sometimes you can even find gold when panning for gemstones. This blog post will show you 5 steps that will help you find gemstones in creeks.
What do you do when your friend says they want to find gemstones in creeks? You might be thinking, “you can’t find gemstones or crystals in creeks!” But that’s not entirely true. There are a few steps to follow and some other things to know before you get started with the adventure of finding gemstones in creeks.
If there aren’t any stones on top of the water where you can look at them without having to go into the creek bed (like if they’re too far away), find a few rocks from right next to your feet; this will tell you what kind of minerals are underneath that area as well as give clues about what other types of minerals may exist under different parts in general!
5 Steps to Find Australian Gemstones:
-Find a creek that is flowing swiftly but doesn’t have too much sediment in it.
-Look for areas where there are bedrock outcrops (rocks), and make sure they aren’t overgrown with plants or other things, as this will make them less visible.
-Walk along the edge of the creekside to see if you can find any gemstones on the ground.
-Move back into the water about five meters before looking again while wading upstream; this way, your feet won’t get tired so quickly! Repeat these steps until you’ve gone downstream at least ten times. You’ll be able to cover more area by walking backwards and keeping an eye on what ground you have covered.
-Search in areas where the water is so shallow that your feet can touch the ground.
A few things you should know about this exercise: it takes a lot of patience and persistence since not everyone will be lucky enough to find anything, but if you’re willing to work at it for an hour or so then there are some benefits! You’ll learn more about geology and how all different minerals fit together as well as discover what kind of gems might exist where you live. If nothing else, it feels really satisfying knowing that even though we can’t mine them ourselves, we still get enjoyment out of finding beautiful little pieces, just lying on the ground.
The best time to find gemstones in creeks is during the spring because that’s when they have a greater chance of having been eroded from higher ground.
In the spring, when fast-moving creeks with a lot of water are eroding bedrock and moving materials downstream from higher elevations to lower ones there is a greater chance that some of those materials will be gemstones. If you’re looking for stones in creeks, it’s best to spend time on a sunny day during periods between storms or heavy rains because this erosion will happen most quickly then. It also helps if you memorize what colour gems come from which rocks so that when they do find one, they can recognize it more easily!
Look at the colour of stones that are already exposed if you don’t have any tools like pails or buckets to reach into the water with (like a strainer). If it’s black then chances are it contains garnet, which is one of the most valuable gemstones.
The colour could be red, which means it’s either ruby or garnet. The more vibrant the colours are in a stone the higher its value is likely to be. If you find piece that has green and blue then it might contain aquamarine, an extremely rare type of gemstone.
Great Product for Kids to Find Opal
Join the hunt Fossick from home! Check out Opal Paydirt bags which come directly from the opal mining fields in White Cliffs, Australia and is mined by the Young Guns Mining Crew on The Discovery Channel’s TV show Outback Opal Hunters!
What is in the Bags?
These Opal Paydirt Bags are your chance to get your hands in the dirt and find some rough opals! Each bag has trace amounts of opal mixed in with its natural host material.
How to use an Opal Paydirt bag
Each Bag contains trace amounts of opal. For best results, spread the dirt out evenly and use a spray bottle to wet the dirt, which will make the opal shine and easy to see. We recommend doing this outside under the sun.
Video of Casey opening a bag on the Unique World Wide Opal YouTube channel:
Where can I buy these bags?
Opal Hunters Paydirt Bag of Rough Opal
Photos are for reference of what each bag looks like and what to expect. Each bag is unique!
Opal Paydirt Bag dimensions are 12cmx9cm (4.75″x3.5″) and weight approx 400-450grams
How much do they cost?
The average price is around $40 however prices vary depending on yields and you can see home a listing below:
Good luck in your search for gemstones in creeks!
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