This book has been prepared as a guide for people who are interested in collecting and polishing Tasmanian gemstones. This current version was compiled by R. S. Bottrill, W. L Matthews and J. Bowerman in 2023.
Descriptions and localities of the various minerals have been compiled from a number of sources including: A Catalogue of the Minerals of Tasmania by R. S. Bottrill and W. E. Baker, 2008; Lancaster (1980, 2000); Gemstones in Tasmania by P. B. Nye (1927); Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery mineral catalogue; and Dr F. L. Sutherland, formerly of the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery. Staff of Mineral Resources Tasmania, and various lapidary clubs in Tasmania, have supplied some localities. In many cases where localities are taken from publications, the precise locality has not been given therein. Similarly the location map in this book only represents general geographic localities and should not be taken to be indicative of precise locations. The list of localities is by no means complete, and with more intense searching it can be expected that gemstones will also be found in other areas.