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PREHNITE - WAVE HILL, NORTHERN TERRITORY, AUSTRALIA

Prehnite is regarded as a rare precious gem and Australia has about 90% of the world's resource of this beautiful gemstone. The current deposit is being exploited by fossickers rather than developed by professional operators.

SURVEY

For the information of those who are considering removing large quantities of gems and minerals from any area currently held under mining temements, or fossicking reserves, for commercial gain, without the consent of the land owners, tenement holders or other appropriate authorities, please take notice of the rules for fossicking in the Northern Territory covering the non-commercial collection of gems and minerals. This information may be found at the following link.

FOSSICKING IN THE NORTHERN TERRITORY (Courtesy of the Northern Territory Government)

Briefly, a person who is the holder of a Fossickers Permit may remove such quantities as are deemed for personal use, exchange at shows and swap meets. No equipment, other than pick, shovels, hammers and chisels, may be used to extract any material and the maximum depth permitted to dig is up to 1 metre.

A current Fossicking Permit must be carried at all times. Removal of any gems or mineral without the proper Fossicking Permit is not approved and legal action may be taken against those who commercially collect gems and minerals without the proper consents and authority.

For all persons who are considering taking advantage of any gem or mineral deposit for personal or commercial gain, we have provided a link (above) to the Department of Minerals and Energy web site covering the requirements of fossickers and non-tenement holders.

In order to make an application for a mining tenement in the Northern Territory, it is important to note that all parties in a partnership must be in possession of a current Northern territory Mining Right.

ROUGH PREHNITE


PREHNITE
Wave Hill, Northern Territory,
Australia

Prehnite any be in solid nodules completely free from basalt, but, when polished the true beauty and clarity may be revealed. This piece rated in the 'D' grade range.

Price Range:
$A2,500.00 - $A3,500.00/tonne

PREHNITE
Wave Hill, Northern Territory,
Australia

In this case the prehnite has impregnated the basal but the basalt also takes a very high polish and this type of material make exquisite carvings. When polished the true beauty and clarity may be revealed. This piece rated in the 'D' grade range.

Price Range:
$A2,500.00 - $A3,500.00/tonne

PREHNITE
Wave Hill, Northern Territory,
Australia

These are tumbled and cleaned pieces of prehnite of varying grades. It is necessary to tumble the gems to remove the out coating prior to grading this material especially when grading for faceting material.

PREHNITE
Wave Hill, Northern Territory,
Australia

When polished the true beauty and clarity may be revealed. These pieces rated in the 'D' grade range.

PREHNITE
Wave Hill, Northern Territory,
Australia

These are tumbled and rough pieces of prehnite of varying grades. When polished the true beauty and clarity may be revealed.

PREHNITE
Wave Hill, Northern Territory,
Australia

These are tumbled and rough pieces of prehnite of varying grades. When polished the true beauty and clarity may be revealed.

PREHNITE
Wave Hill, Northern Territory,
Australia

These are tumbled and rough pieces of prehnite of varying grades. When polished the true beauty and clarity may be revealed.

PREHNITE
Wave Hill, Northern Territory,
Australia

These are tumbled and rough pieces of prehnite of varying grades. When polished the true beauty and clarity may be revealed.

PREHNITE
Wave Hill, Northern Territory,
Australia

These are tumbled and rough pieces of prehnite of varying grades. When polished the true beauty and clarity may be revealed.

PREHNITE
Wave Hill, Northern Territory,
Australia

Prehnite also makes beautiful carvings. When polished the true beauty and clarity may be revealed. This piece rated in the 'B' grade range.
Photo taken in sunlight.

PREHNITE & NATROLITE
Wave Hill, Northern Territory,
Australia

Other minerals are also found enclosed in the prehnite. The specimen on the left has compact groups of acicular natrolite crystals.

PREHNITE & NATROLITE
Wave Hill, Northern Territory,
Australia

Other minerals are also found enclosed in the prehnite. The specimen on the left has compact groups of acicular natrolite crystals.


AGATES AND AMETHYST

AGATE
Wave Hill, Northern Territory,
Australia

Wave Hill agate is found predominantly reds, pinks and white with bands of quartz crystals between the agate bands.

AGATE
Wave Hill, Northern Territory,
Australia

Wave Hill agates have some interesting floating agate centres. They may also have inclusions of other minerals.

AMETHYST
Wave Hill, Northern Territory,
Australia

Amethyst is also found adjacent to the prehnite and agates. Crystals such s this are found in geodes.

AMETHYST
Wave Hill, Northern Territory,
Australia

Amethyst from another area occurs in geodes with pseudomorphs coating the crystal points.

AGATE ON SMOKY QUARTZ
Wave Hill, Northern Territory,
Australia

This is a most unusual specimen found whilst prospecting in the area in 1982. The unusual nature of the agate deposition on the surface of the crystals questions the agate formation theory. Many other unusual pseudomorphs have also been found in the area.

CONTRASTING COLOURS
OF GEMS FROM

Wave Hill, Northern Territory,
Australia

PREHNITE & NATROLITE
Wave Hill, Northern Territory,
Australia

Prehnite also makes beautiful carvings. When polished the true beauty and clarity may be revealed. This piece rated in the 'B' grade range.

PREHNITE
Wave Hill, Northern Territory,
Australia

Prehnite also makes beautiful carvings. When polished the true beauty and clarity may be revealed. This piece rated in the 'B' grade range.

POLISHED PREHNITE

PREHNITE CARVED FISH
Wave Hill, Northern Territory,
Australia

Prehnite also makes beautiful carvings. When polished the true beauty and clarity may be revealed. This piece rated in the 'B' grade range.

PREHNITE CARVED FISH
Wave Hill, Northern Territory,
Australia

Prehnite also makes beautiful carvings. When polished the true beauty and clarity may be revealed. This piece rated in the 'B' grade range.

PREHNITE
Wave Hill, Northern Territory,
Australia

Prehnite also makes beautiful carvings. When polished the true beauty and clarity may be revealed. This piece rated in the 'B' grade range.
Photo taken in sunlight.

PREHNITE
Wave Hill, Northern Territory,
Australia

Prehnite also makes beautiful carvings. When polished the true beauty and clarity may be revealed. This piece rated in the 'B' grade range.
Photo taken in artificial light.

 

 

PREHNITE
Wave Hill, Northern Territory,
Australia

Vast quantities of prehnite nodules are scattered over the surface. When polished the true beauty and clarity may be revealed. This piece is rated in the 'B' grade range. A clearer piece of prehnite may be view by clicking link.
EXTRA CLARITY

PREHNITE
Wave Hill, Northern Territory,
Australia

This piece is of good colour but is not suitably clear for faceting. The brown material in the specimen is basalt with prehnite impregnation.

This quality material would range between $A5,000 - $A10,000/ tonne in the rough state with cobbed edge to show colour and quality.

PREHNITE
Wave Hill, Northern Territory,
Australia

When polished the true beauty and clarity may be revealed. This piece rated in the 'C' grade range.

PREHNITE
Wave Hill, Northern Territory,
Australia

When polished the true beauty and clarity may be revealed. The piece shown on the left exhibits a chatoyancy. This piece rated in the 'C' grade range.
Photo taken in sunlight.

PREHNITE
Wave Hill, Northern Territory,
Australia

When polished the true beauty and clarity may be revealed. This piece rated in the 'B' grade range.

PREHNITE
Wave Hill, Northern Territory,
Australia

When polished the true beauty and clarity may be revealed. These pieces rated in the 'B' and "C" grade ranges.
Photo taken in artificial light.

PREHNITE
Wave Hill, Northern Territory,
Australia

When polished the true beauty and clarity may be revealed. This piece rated in the 'B' grade range.

PREHNITE
Wave Hill, Northern Territory,
Australia

When polished the true beauty and clarity may be revealed. This piece rated in the 'B' grade range.

PREHNITE
Wave Hill, Northern Territory,
Australia

When polished the true beauty and clarity may be revealed. This piece rated in the 'C' grade range.

PREHNITE
Wave Hill, Northern Territory,
Australia

When polished the true beauty and clarity may be revealed. This piece rated in the 'C' grade range.

PREHNITE
Wave Hill, Northern Territory,
Australia

When polished the true beauty and clarity may be revealed. This piece rated in the 'C' grade range.

PREHNITE
Wave Hill, Northern Territory,
Australia

When polished the true beauty and clarity may be revealed. This piece rated in the 'B' grade range.

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