Our exciting fun and educational activty

Dig for gems and discover fantastic gemstones from all over the world. What’s more, you get to keep all that you find! This is great fun for ages 4 to 8 years and there are over 30 gems to collect, identify and keep.

All our gems are the real thing, absolutely no synthetic copies! All gemstones have been polished to show their beauty making them easier for the children to idendify. All sharp edges have been removed to eliminate any risk of cuts from rough edges on the raw stones.

We have over 30 beautiful stones, a selection of which are shown below. We will be adding the rest to show you all the gems you can collect.

The Gem Den can be used as a party add-on at £1.20 per child (minimum 8 children). Additionally gem digs will be available daily at £1.50 per dig.

Apache Tears

Apache tears gemstone

Location

Apache Tears are predominantly found in Arizona USA and Mexico.

Description

Generally black in appearance Apache Tears were formed millions of years ago when molten lava was hurled into the air and cooled before it hit the ground forming obsidian (glass). When held to the light Apache Tears are actually a smokey grey glass gem that the light shines through.

Uses

In ancient times these glass gems were filed down to make surgical blades that were used to make mummies. Nowadays mainly used in jewellery, craft making and healing.

Amethyst

Australian amethyst

Location

Amethyst is found in many locations around the world; our particular gems come from the Australian outback.

Description

A form of quartz, Amethyst ranges in colour from light to dark purple. The darker gems are the more valuable.

Uses

The main use Amethyst is in jewellery, with the ancient Egyptians being some of the first users of it. It is also the birth stone for February.

Red Tiger Eye

Red Tiger Eye

Location

Tiger’s Eye stones are found in various countries; our Red Tiger’s Eye comes from South Africa.

Description

A dark orange/brown colour that has a glass like shine to it. The stripes of the Red Tiger’s Eye come in varying shades of orange and brown.

Uses

The Red Tiger’s Eye is used in jewellery decoration and it is associated with the ninth year of marriage.

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