Sunday, October 12, 2014

GEM NEWS: 2012 - 2013 Gemstone Production in South Australia


SA Government Report 2012 - 2013; Gemstone production was very meager,valued at $13.8 million, compared to the huge production of metals, industrial minerals, oil and gas, valued at a total of $1.312 billion.
Most valuable was opal from around Coober Pedy ($13,792,905) and Cowell jade (179 kg valued $3375) and talc (13kg, $31). Jade production has dropped considerably from 2012 - 2013 year when it was 221,000 kg valued $331,501

Activity: In 2012 - 2013 the opal field offices at Coober Pedy, Marla and Andamooka issued 411 precious stones prospecting permits and registered 54 extra-large claims (200 x 100 m), 312 large claims (100 x 50 m) and 123 small claims (50 x 50 m). A total of 259 registration renewals and 201 cancellations of unwanted claims were processed. (Source; MESA Journal 72, Issue 1 - 2014)