Hon Norman Moore BA DipEd JP MLC

Hon Norman Moore BA DipEd JP MLC

Former Minister for Mines and Petroleum; Fisheries; Electoral Affairs

    Publication to assist gemstone enthusiasts

    22/01/2013 12:00 AM
    • Publication acknowledges increasing popularity of gem collecting
    • Comprehensive gemstone resource targets professional and amateur interests
    • Publication also highlights materials peculiar to Western Australia

    A new comprehensive publication about Western Australian gemstones and decorative stones was launched today by Mines and Petroleum Minister Norman Moore.


    Gemstones of Western Australia is the first substantial and systematic work on Western Australian gemstones by the Geological Survey of WA (GSWA) and was produced in collaboration with the Gemmological Association of Australia (WA Division).


    Mr Moore said the colourful publication was written for experienced fossicker and amateur rockhounds as much as it was for the professional geologist and gemmologist.


    “This is a comprehensive resource on gemstones and decorative stones used in jewellery and ornamental sculpture in WA. It outlines geographic locations of known deposits which will assist fossickers searching for gemstones throughout the State,” he said.


    “The book combines geology and gemmology to provide factual information and each chapter has detailed mineralogical information as well as their geological setting and location.


    “This publication is a much-expanded update of a series of booklets entitled Gemstones in Western Australia produced by GSWA between 1975 and 1994, and includes abundant references to earlier work.”


    The Minister said that while Western Australia had a growing international reputation as a major source for rare fancy pink and other coloured diamonds, far less was known about occurrences of gems such as beryl, topaz, tourmaline, gem-quality quartz and associated siliceous minerals.


    Mr Moore said the publication also focused on materials peculiar to this State, such as zebra stone, orbicular granite and mookaite, along with pearls, fossil wood and precious metals.


    Gemstones of Western Australia was produced by Michael Fetherston (GSWA), Susan Stocklmayer (Gemmological Assn WA curator) and husband Vernon Stocklmayer (consultant geologist).


    The publication is available from http://www.dmp.wa.gov.au/GSWApublications and costs $50 (inc GST).


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