Anakie Field - Central Queensland - Emerald, QLD

Anakie Field - Central Queensland

Sapphire is a variety of the mineral corundum and is one of Queensland's most important gemstones. Sapphires have been mined commercially for more than 100 years on the Anakie Field in central Queensland, west of Emerald. Sapphires come in a diverse range of colours, including blue, green, yellow, gold, multi-colour (blue-green-yellow), orange, pink, mauve and purple. Sapphires are of volcanic origin and occur in alluvial deposits in either present day or fossil drainage systems through volcanic terrains composed of alkali-volcanic rocks, mainly basaltic lavas and pyroclastics of the tertiary age.

Location

Emerald, QLD, 4720