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Is it possible to find gemstones on Gemstone Beach? |New Zealand.

After Invercargill we stop by Gemstone Beach. It got it's name simply because you can find semi-precious gems here. Such as jasper, quartz, garnet and nephrite. I was thrilled, I love souvenirs on a budget!

When I was a kid, I used to love dig sand on the beach or even on the side of the road and look for all kinds of stones. I loved interesting shapes and colors and I was fascinated by the ones that shine in the sun. I could spend hours just by digging in the sand and look at every stone to find the most beautiful ones. Some things never change, so I still like to do that. :D You can found proof in my blog post about panning gold in the river. Read it HERE. So looking for stones in a beach sand was my gem... :D

You can find all kinds of pebbles and stones around here, you just have to know where to look.

I came prepared - I got a jar to store them. I also read about the stones you can find here, just to be sure what to look for.

This time my technique was simple. I dug a hole close to the wave line and quickly searched for nicest stones, before the wave came and washed away my hole. I noticed that the most interesting stones are closer to the line where waves hit the beach. I also learned that if you don’t be careful the wave will grab you and pull you into the sea. When I was finished I noticed that I am wet up to my waist.

But at least I had a chance to return in my childhood days when I loved to dig and play in the sand.

I didn’t really found much of gemstones. For some reason I felt like this beach was like everyone else in New Zealand. And I have found much more interesting stones elsewhere. But maybe it was just a bad day for collecting stones. I would suggest to try after big storms, when there is a chance that waves would wash out something much more interesting.

About Me

My name is Elisa. Negativity used to be my second name. In my mind Happiness was something far and unreachable.
All I wanted was to feel free, at least for a moment.


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