Welcome to Skippy's Gems

The one stop shop for chain maille, craft, lapidary & Jeweller supplies


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Jewellery range

chain maille

browse our chain maille supplies

Books & DVD's

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View our range of helpful books

jeweller Supplies

Find all your jeweller making supplies here

Our story

Welcome to Skippys Gems!

My name is Louise Graham and I am the sole owner of Skippys Gems. Skippys Gems was established in 2002 first as an online presence and soon grew to be a thriving little store.

Until recently, I was located at 1143 Rubyvale Road in Sapphire for ten years.  Sapphire, better known as ‘The Gemfields’, is in Central Queensland.  I have resided at The Gemfields for more than 40 years. Some would say I am almost a ‘local’!!

In June 2019 I relocated to Pat’s Gems, also located in Sapphire, and worked alongside Pat, selling my wares in the Gem Shop.  Since Covid-19 has made its presence, I have temporarily closed my shop front to sell online and frequent the local markets and Gem Shows in the region.  Please check the list, located at the bottom of this page, of where to find me.  Click and collect is also an option if you are in the area!

I learnt how to facet gemstones at a primary school age and have continued faceting, setting a lot of my masterpieces in gold and silver jewellery.  We have an extensive range of local Sapphires and Zircons, in all sizes and colours.  If you are looking for rough and cut local gems, please browse our store or email for specific orders.  We also supply an extensive range of semi-precious gemstones. 

Over the years I developed a great interest in the Lapidary field and expanded my inventory to include lapidary equipment and supplies. I also diversified from the gemstone and jewellery industry into supplying wire wrapping, chain maille, skin polishing and silver smithing supplies. 


Our services

Lapidary Supplies

We sell a large range of lapidary equipment and supplies including faceting and cabbing machines, tumblers and grits, and all the accessories to go with them. With over 30 years of experience in the lapidary field and mining, we can offer you expert advice on all of the products we sell.

Jewellers Supplies

We have a fantastic range of jewellery making tools and supplies, selling only the best quality products. We stock Jewellers tools, chain maille and wire wrapping supplies, beads and findings…. Everything you could possibly need to create that unique piece of jewellery!

Local Sapphires & Zircons

For the Lapidarist: Choose from our extensive range of quality rough sapphires & zircons for faceting, cabbing or skin polishing. For the Collector or Jeweller: browse our range of locally faceted sapphires & zircons direct from our mine to you.

Gold & Silver Jewellery

A quality selection of fine jewellery in 9ct gold and sterling silver, complete with local sapphires and zircons, direct from our mine and faceted by me. Read made gold and silver castings also available.

Chain Maille

Jump rings, jump rings, jump rings!! Gold & silver plated, and anodized in all sizes and colours and gauges. Lots of beads & findings to complete your masterpiece!

Wire Wrapping Supplies

We have a large selection of precious and craft wires for wire wrapping, viking knitting, trees or tree of life etc. Browse through our wires, tools, books, gem chips & findings, we have something for everyone!

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