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You might know Australia as the land where kangaroos and koalas roam, but did you know this continent also boasts some of the world's most remarkable gemstones? The country's varied landscape—from deserts to beaches, jungles to hills—plays a large role in shaping the types of gems that can be found here. And what a selection it is!
Whether you're a gemstone newbie or an old pro, we couldn't recommend a better place to start your gemstone-hunting journey than the land down under.
Australian Gemstones Original Locations
There are dozens of areas to explore in Australia when it comes to finding gemstones. Here are some of the most famous:
Located in South Australia, Coober Pedy is where you go for the best Australian Opal.
Northern New South Wales
This is one of the two main sources for Australian Sapphire (the other being central Queensland). You can also find Zircon and Diamond in some areas of this region.
For Diamonds, the Argyle mine in Western Australia is your go-to spot. While its production numbers have declined in recent years, it remains one of the world's largest diamond mines.
This is where you want to go if you're looking for Zircon and Chrysoberyl. It's also home to several other gemstones such as Topaz, Citrine, and Tourmaline.