Story: Gemstones

Collecting stones, Granity

Collecting stones, Granity

Stony beaches, where pebbles have been smoothed by wave action, are the best places to collect gemstones. The exposed stony beach around Granity, on the West Coast, contains a variety of rock types – including plenty of granite.

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Jocelyn Thornton, 'Gemstones - New Zealand gemstones', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 30 June 2022)

Story by Jocelyn Thornton, published 12 Jun 2006