I first became interested in collecting
gemstones in 1965. My first trip to Agate Creek was
in 1980 along with three other members of our Gem Club.
Since then I have made fifteen trips to the area. We
generally make it a four day trip from our home to
Agate Creek. In the early days the trip from Forsayth
to the "end of the road camp" took around
four hours. On our last visit it took about one and
a half hours to make the trip.
We have always spent
the first few days of each trip fossicking the creek
gravels. It has produced for us the best agate both
in colour and pattern variety. I have found that you
can find colours in the creek gravels that are not
found at any of the current digging spots.
It is not
a priority for the trip to produce an abundance
of stone for me but the atmosphere alone
of the area is worth the time spent in travelling there.
Walking the creek gravels stopping for morning tea
in the shade of a gum tree, continuing on until you
feel it is time to head back to camp and check your
day's finds really make for an enjoyable holiday. Our
visits are always made in the cooler months of May
to July when daytime temperature make it bearable to
dig when the creek walking in completed. We generally
spend about two weeks there on each visit.
I have cut
about half of the agate I have found over the years
with the remainder still awaiting to be cut. I have
processed the stone into polished halves, cabochons
and preformed tumbled stones. The smaller stone up
to about two inches in diameter I sand and polish by
hand on an eight inch disc on the end of a grinder
and the larger stones I polish on a vibra-lap.
stone is a small agate about one inch in diameter with
colours of green and violet. I have never encountered
another one this colour combination in all the agates
I have cut. (Photo at left)