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Candala Chrysoprase

Genuine Marlborough Chrysoprase


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Tucson Show

Posted by Administrator on February 8, 2011 at 11:31 AM Comments comments (0)

Attendance numbers were down due to the unbelievably bad weather at the time of the show. Regardless sales activity was up and the interest in our Marlborough Chrysoprase continued to grow. Our sales were well up on last years good show and we are faced with a challenge to get more Chrysoprase out of the ground to satisfy the big increase in demand. We were lucky to make numerous new contacts for all of our products and 2011 looks like a very busy year for Candala Chrysoprase.Congratulations to all who attended and exhibited at Tucson.

Chrysoprase and the Floods

Posted by Administrator on January 18, 2011 at 2:56 PM Comments comments (1)

The swollen rivers and creeks of Central Queensland had until today stopped us accesssing our Australian Chrysoprase mine at Marlborough. Marlborough creek which is normally just a trickle turned into a raging torrent. We managed to ford it , the photo is one third of the depth that it got to,and a mess of land slides awaited us - but all fixable. All we lost was time and work while others lost much more. We hope after taking what Chrysoprase we have to Tucson to be able to get back to Marlborough and the mine. The nearest airport should be open in another 2 - 3 weeks. Good news is that our resident family of Wallaroos are well and appreciated the lack of human activity on the hill.

Marlborough Chrysoprase 20kg

Posted by Administrator on January 7, 2011 at 4:36 PM Comments comments (1)


This beautiful A grade chunk of Chrysoprase was found recently at our Marlborough minesite. Weighing just over 20 kgs it shows colour on all sides. We are undecided as to whether to cut it up into smaller pieces or sell it as is. Its Marlborough Chrysoprase at its finest- just hope we can find some more of this size.

Floods Surround Chrysoprase Mine

Posted by Administrator on January 6, 2011 at 1:54 PM Comments comments (0)

The terrible floods in central Queensland Australia have stopped Chrysoprase production. While Marlborough Chrysoprase is mined well above sea level the surrounding creeks have swollen to impassable. This will effect Chrysoprase availability for a short turn but a drop in Marlboroughs rough ore production is nothing compared to the hardships being experienced by the flood ravage areas to the near south. Rockhampton, with a population over 75,000, is under 9.5 metres of water, we can repair the damage to our Chrysoprase mine but its the hearts and minds of these fine people that will be the problem when they return to the devastation.

Shanghai Gem & Jewellery Show

Posted by Administrator on November 30, 2010 at 3:59 PM Comments comments (0)

Well the weather was perfect and the city of Shanghai just charming as usual. Two hundred and ninenty two exhibitors and large crowds made the Show a success and one to watch for the future. As most of the major exhibits were jade our Marlborough Chrysoprase excited a lot of interest and we will be busy keeping up with demand for samples and prices. Coloured stones and diamonds also had a good showing, as did designer jewellery.

The show is moving to new larger premises next year having run ourt of exhibitor space this year



Marlboroughs Annual Charity Rugby Match

Posted by Administrator on October 27, 2010 at 1:28 PM Comments comments (0)

Once a year the folk of Marlborough get together for a rugby match, "City v Country". The entrance fee to this mighty event along with raffles, beer and barbeque sales all go to very worthwhile Cancer charities. Started by a couple of young men ten years ago it has become a major regional event and has, I am told, raised well over $100,000 in this time. Not bad for the tiny town of Marlborough - great work guys- by the way Country won.


Chrysoprase Specimen or Chrysoprase Cabs

Posted by Administrator on October 8, 2010 at 4:46 PM Comments comments (0)

Its always a dilemma, do we sell these beautiful Chrysoprase specimens as they are or do we cut them into Chrysoprase cabachons. I would welcome comments or opinions on this as I truly dont know what to do.

Chrysoprase Interest Soars

Posted by Administrator on October 2, 2010 at 8:39 AM Comments comments (1)

Chrysoprase demand at both the Hong Kong and Denver shows has grown substantially however supply appears unable to keep up.

Chrysoprase dealers were few at the Hong Kong mega show however the amount of completed Chrysoprase jewellery was more than ever. The limited amount of rough Chrysoprase available ( one dealer selling old Marlborough Chrysoprase material from our mine) confirms the belief that most Chrysoprase dealers are looking to value add before selling their product. The price of rough ore, when available has risen considerably as has the price of most rough ore world wide.

Chrysoprase specimens were almost non-existent at the Denver show. This was not due to falling demand though as we were virtually mobbed by a couple dealers wanting to add Chrysoprase to their range.

The recent growth in interest for Chrysoprase has no doubt placed a strain on demand as there is still only limited amounts of material available, particularly in the better quality Marlborough ore.

Marlborough Chrysoprase recently added to the collections of a number of top designers has added to the growth in interest and this demand while welcome will place additional strain on supply.

Worlds Biggest Slab of Marlborough Chrysoprase

Posted by Administrator on September 19, 2010 at 7:25 AM Comments comments (4)

Wow the biggest single piece of gem grade Chrysoprase ever mined at Marlborough Australia. Weighing close to 400 kgs it is 140 cms high between 60 and 95 cms wide and between 11 and 24 cms thick. A massive piece of top material. What a potential carving ( or table top lol). The owners want us to gather Expression of Interest with view to selling it.

The Kial Project

Posted by Administrator on September 5, 2010 at 2:32 AM Comments comments (0)

Occasionally we are lucky enough to meet special people and Tina Jansen and her crew at The Kial Project , Marlborough,are certainly amongst them. If an animal is hit by a car, a Koala hurt in a tree, a creature stranded or burned by a bushfire, where do they go for help - The Kial Project. The Kial Project formally known as Australian Animal Care and Education work mostly  self funded helping save our endangered species. Visitors from all countries come to volunteer and help care for the endangered species and the injured. Check out Tina and her friends at

www.aace.org.au for more information about this great operation.