Gemstones of Western Australia

Gemstones of Western Australia

Author: Fetherston, JMStocklmayer, SMStocklmayer, VC

Publication date: 04 December 2012

Format: Book

Type: Mineral Resources Bulletin 25

ISSN: 0510-2014

Pages: 326

Series Number: 25

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    From the time of formal inception in 1896, the Geological Survey of Western Australia (GSWA) has, until now, never produced a substantial and systematic work on the subject of gemstones to be found in this State. Mineral Resources Bulletin 25, Gemstones of Western Australia, redresses this deficiency. In this joint publication by GSWA and the Gemmological Association of Australia (GAA), the authors have assembled a comprehensive resource on virtually all gemstones and decorative stones used in jewellery and ornamental sculpture known in the State. Although diamonds command a certain pride of place among the industries of Western Australia, far less is known about occurrences of beryl, topaz, tourmaline, tektites, gem-quality quartz and associated siliceous gems. Material peculiar to this State, such as zebra stone, orbicular granite and mookaite are discussed, as are pearls, fossil wood, and precious metals. Geographical locations are indicated where possible, and abundant references to earlier work given. Whilst systematically sound and scientifically authoritative, Gemstones of Western Australia is written not only for the professional geologist and gemmologist, but also with the experienced fossicker and amateur rockhound in mind.


  • Keywords and localities
    Western Australia, gemstones, decorative stones, ornamental stones, mineral exploration, natural resources, history, mining legislation, chemical analysis, crystals, cabochon, lapidary, gem faceting, Western Australia, gemstone

  • Broad Terms
    Mineral deposits, Mineral exploration, Mineral occurrence, Mineralogy, Regional geology

  • Commodities
    Amethyst, Andalusite, Beryl, Calcite, Chrysoprase, Diamond, Dolomite, Emerald, Feldspar, Fluorite, Garnet, Gold, Granite; Granitoid, Hematite, Lepidolite, Limestone, Marble, Opal, Prehnite, Pyrite, Quartz (crystal), Rhodonite, Serpentine; Serpintine, Silver, Talc, Tiger Eye, Topaz, Tourmaline, Turquoise, Variscite, Zebra rock

  • Geological ages
    Archean, Cambrian, Cenozoic, Devonian, Mesoproterozoic, Neoproterozoic, Paleoproterozoic, Paleozoic, Permian, Quaternary