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  • Day98

    Through Emerald to Sapphire

    June 20, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    Another big driving day. Once I winkled myself away from my overnight spot I carried on down the Gordon Development Road, over the Tropic of Capricorn, to Emerald then another 50 km W to the gem fields of Sapphire. More of that later!Read more

  • Day40

    The Big Pick, Shovel & Sieve - Sapphire

    June 29, 1991 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Continuing my search for Big Things in the Gem fields, leaving the Big Sapphire behind I head back on Anakie - Sapphire road for another 15 minutes before arriving to "Sapphire", there are 3 Big things here.

    The first of this is the "Big Pick, Shovel and Sieve" as described in Wikipedia, for me there are the BIg mining tools, anyway they are probably 4 times the size of the normal tools and represent the tools used to extract sapphires, a common activity in the area.

    After some photos I continue to the Big Sapphire Ring

    To get there from Emerald turn right at the intersection of Capricorn highway - Anakie Sapphire road, continue 15 minutes to Sapphire. The Big mining tools are located outside "Blue Gem" jewellery store which is one of the first houses in town, adjacent a small Servo on the left. Simply "keep your eyes to the left as soon as you enter town".

    Time of visit : March 2013
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  • Day40

    The Big Ring - Sapphire

    June 29, 1991 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Next in the list is the Big Sapphire Ring. Located outside "Pat Gems" jewellery store one actually walks through the ring to enter the store.

    This was my second visit to the place, I stopped here 2 months earlier on my way to Barcaldine (the photos are from that time).

    Inside, the store offers all types of precious stones at reasonable prices, good for souvenirs, and also had a good restaurant.

    To get there once in Sapphire and after passing the Big Shovel, pick and sieve, continue on the main road for another kilometre, the shop will be on the right.

    Time of visit : January 2013
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  • Day40

    The Big Spanner - Sapphire

    June 29, 1991 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    Last big Icon in Sapphire, the "Big Spanner". This Big Icon is not as amazing as others I've seen, in fact is made of wood instead of steel.

    I am guessing the owner was delighted with other big things in town and wanted to highlight his mechanical workshop.

    The Big Spanner is located nearly at the end of town on the right, to be more precise is nearly at the end of the 50kph zone. It can easily be missed if attention is not paid.

    Time of visit : January 2013
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