View of the Arcadia Valley
He also found an unusual (small) stone that didn't look like zircon or quartz, which he brought back to show Uncle Dazza. General consensus was that it looked like a diamond crystal, but we weren't sure. We arranged to meet the cutter at the markets so she didn't have her magnifying glass, but told us to take it up to the Rubyvale Gem Gallery, as they have a little machine to test for diamonds. They tested it with the machine and there was suddenly a lot of interest in this little match-head sized pebble brought in by a 15 year old boy... everyone in the shop gathered around to get a glimpse of a diamond! It's the second one to be found this week (the other one was in a private mine), but they are not very common. It weighed in at 0.26 carats.
The boys have another day and a half of specking so we'll see if they come up with anything else. After that we're heading north to Karumba. Our plan was to go from here to Lawn Hill, but since we gained a few extra days with our changed plans we decided to take Nathan all the way to the Gulf and see if he's as good at fishing as he is at finding sapphires!
Camped at Glenalva