Gem Fossicking

Flinders Island is home to the beautiful Killiecrankie Diamond. This ‘diamond’ is actually a type of topaz commonly found with tin, feldspar and quartz. Waterworn pebbles of this topaz are found in the alluvial deposits of Tanners Bay and Killiecrankie Bay on Flinders Island. The best places to look for these beautiful diamonds are Mines Creek and Diamond Creek. Killiecrankie diamonds can occur in a wide range of colours and the ones found on Flinders Island are clear, ice blue and pink gold. In comparison with quartz they are heavier, harder, smoother and colder to touch. Topaz is the birthstone for November and the gem for the 16th wedding anniversary. Legends have it that topaz has the power to protect the wearer from illness and accidents. You are welcome to come and fossick for your own ‘diamond’ but if you don’t have any luck don’t despair, Killiecrankie Enterprises has a wide selection of stones and jewellery for sale, in Whitemark.

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