In Search of Ribbonstone and Zigzag Crystals

By Ken Ellis

From Threeways we took our time till we reached Barkly Homestead where we pulled in for a rest after the hurried trip down from steamy Darwin. The humidity had dropped and was replaced with a dry heat in the low forties which was more to our liking.

Anthony Lagoon is situated about 200km north of Barkly Homestead and is famous for fine specimens of ribbonstone, and although it can be found in many other parts of the district, the stones at Anthony Lagoon have finely banded concentric and swirling patterns which are much sought after for book ends and clock faces.

I thought about a quick run up there but a 400km round trip to find a few coloured rocks was soon knocked on the head when Julie phoned some friends and found out they were in Mt Isa and wanted to catch up with us.I also knew that ribbonstone was found around the Camooweal area so I still had high hopes of doing a bit of fossicking on the way. With this in mind I made enquiries about possible sites in the area but none of the locals had the slightest interest in ribbonstone.The next morning we headed towards the Queensland border and after passing Soudan Homestead we found ourselves in wide open grassy plains country – a pleasant change from the rocky, scrubby countryside we’d endured for thousands of kilometres.

The full article can be found in the November 2010 issue of Gold Gem and Treasure. Subscribe now.

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