February 2014 Articles


12 Ounces of the Good Stuff
This handsome nugget was picked up south of Ballarat late last year with a Minelab GP3000 that had been modified by Peter Woodland at Detector Mods. According to the finder, Sam, he and his [...]

Sapphires and More at The Willows
By Mr Consistency
Besides chasing gold and fish in various states, Wonder Woman and I have been avoiding winter for six years by fossicking at The Willows, about 80km west of Emerald, on the Central Queensland gemfields. On our first visit we booked in for four days, which success turned into six.  [...]

A Purse Full of Florins
By Dave (Jarhead) Holland
The ground was like concrete as I tried to dig at one of my favourite coin spots. After straining my wrists to breaking point and fighting a losing battle against the flies, I decided to switch to 'Plan B”. I still had a few dedicated detecting hours  [...]

A new twist on an old classic
By David Lowe 
A few months ago I went out for a spot of panning and crevicing at one of my local haunts and came across a patch of shallow wash that showed some reasonable colours. It wasn't particularly rich but I thought that if I could get a sluice up there and move some dirt, I could be in for    [...]

Bits & Pieces


Mother of pearl The Mother of all Pearls
The largest and most expensive pearl ever found is known variously as the ‘Pearl of Lao Tzu’ or ‘The Pearl of Allah’ [...]