Gemfest, the "Festival of Gems" is Australia's largest Sapphire exhibition that is held annually over four days in August.  While local Sapphires are undoubtedly the gems of choice at the festival, you will also find diamonds, pearls, zircons, opals and a variety of other gemstones amongst the sparkling array. 
The Sapphire Gemfields covers almost 900 square km of one of the world's most significant Sapphire bearing grounds, and takes in the townships of Anakie, Sapphire, Rubyvale and Willows.  There is a lot to discover and who knows, discovering your riches could be just a stones throw away.

What is a Sapphire

Sapphire is the gem variety of the mineral corundum and is one of the most prized gems in the world.  Sapphires occur in all colours, all of which are called Sapphires except for the red ones which are called Ruby.  On the Sapphire Gemfields the general colours are blue, green and yellow.  These three colours can also be found together as mulit-coloured gems known as "Parti-coloured Sapphires" Another type of Sapphire found here is called a Star Sapphire and is commonly bronze or black in colour and shows a star-like sheen in certain lighting.  Although blue Sapphire is the most well known colour, it is the yellow Sapphire, in particular the rich golden yellows that fetch the highest prices.  Many of the parti-coloured Sapphires are also highly valued.

Uncut Sapphires

Legend and Lore

Sapphires have been collected, worn and traded since early Roman Empire times, and are known as the Gem of the Soul.  Sapphire is the birth stone for September, and the 45th anniversary stone.  Early virtues of Sapphire protected the wearer from danger in epidemics and gave them honour and good will.  It also protected the wearer from envy, attracted divine favour and was the gem of devoted love.

Office hours

Sun-Fri      8:00am-6:00pm
Sat            8:00am-5:00pm

Phone:       (07) 4985 4281
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