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Post  Bushed-Tracker Sun Nov 18, 2012 9:44 am

Just for your information guys. The laws in WA are reversed in regard to uncut diamond ownership. If you are found to be in possession of an uncut diamond in WA without proof of ownership - then you are deemed to be in unlawful possession - ie stolen. This was introduced in the 80's by the state government to protect the Argyle Diamond Mine - which the goverment had a small shares as well as significant royalties.

This did not stop the theft of over $50 millions worth

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Post  toadskin Wed Nov 21, 2012 1:32 pm

Bushed-Tracker wrote:Just for your information guys. The laws in WA are reversed in regard to uncut diamond ownership. If you are found to be in possession of an uncut diamond in WA without proof of ownership - then you are deemed to be in unlawful possession - ie stolen. This was introduced in the 80's by the state government to protect the Argyle Diamond Mine - which the goverment had a small shares as well as significant royalties.

This did not stop the theft of over $50 millions worth

Cheers John

I thought this was limited to specific areas that had to be legislated or gazetted, not just anywhere in WA. I mean if you find a diamond in Coolgardie or Laverton or other areas where you may be likely to find one, and then are found in possession of it, I don't think that is an offence.

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Post  Bushed-Tracker Mon Dec 10, 2012 4:10 pm

Neil, the problem with that is that anyone stealing a diamond(s) from Argyle could claim that they found them at Coolgardie or wherever. The diamond leases have Designated Area that relate to the right to stop and search and be detained etc. I worked there for 17 years and was responsibel for a major re-vamp of the site security systems after a significant loss.

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Post  getascripter Tue Dec 11, 2012 12:02 am

Isn't White Cliffs opal country? If it IS opal country, then would the opal miners have the same kind of mining licences that gold/mineral miners do? Following on from that, landowners would have no more rights than those whose lands have (gold/mineral) tenements, ELs, MLs etc over them. Would this be the case?
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Post  Guest Wed Feb 06, 2013 6:51 pm

Tributer wrote:The diamonds near my place..Black Springs NSW are perfect crystals that are totally fresh and untravelled. They come from Tertiary basalts (lavas) that eminated from a dozen or so centres nearby. The diamonds were dragged up with pieces of mantle rock trapped in the basalt. The occcurrence of diamonds in the local basalts that came up from only 12-20 kms below the surface proved that diamonds can form at shallower depths rather then the widely excepted deep origin theory. They are mostly very small but at least one big yellow perfect crystal that was flawless and over 20 carats has been found. A copy of it cut in yellow topaz is in the Australian (Sydney) Museum mineral display.

The area also produces some nice olivine crystals from vughes in the basalts (sledge hammer needed) and really big zircons that can be clear through yellow to blood red. Zircons and diamonds are the only gems that double refract light when they are cut and really sparkle. Its a pity that someone developed a synthetic gem and marketing idiots named them cubic zirconia.. because it really meant that genuine beautiful zircons became a low value gem in the minds of a non gem savvy public.
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Natural zircons are far more valuable than man made CZs. CZs are almost worthless and can be purchased by the truck load. Th most I pay for a good well cut colourless 1ct CZ is about a buck per ct.
Natural zircons are strongly double refractive.
CZs are single refractive as are diamonds.
The majority of natural gemstones are double refractive.



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