PLACES TO DIG
If you are in California and are looking for places to dig for gems, here are a few of my favorite places.
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In Central California, Benitoite, the California State Gemstone and one of the rarest gems on earth. Benitoite in our opinion, is the worlds most beautiful gemstone. It can only be found one place on earth! You have three options for finding your Benitoite treasure. There is the Old Road Camp for Benitoite screening. There are also mine trips available. For information on the mine trips, see my Benitoite Page for Mine Updates. For more information on the screening camp, go to the Mines website here,
In Southern California, I recommend the Himalaya Tourmaline Mine Dig site. Beautiful Tourmaline and other great gemstones can be found at this dig site. For more information go to the mines website here,
This one is more for the kids than for the rockhounds.
Another Southern California must, especially for the young ones is
at the Famous
in the historic Los Rios District in San Juan Capistrano, CA.
At Miners Gulch, kids can pan for all types of minerals and fossils.
For more information, please click on the above links.
Montana............... If you are in Montana and are looking to dig for sapphire, I can recommend a great person to deal with.
BLAZE WHARTON (406)-227-4027, is owner of a part of the famed Eldorado Bar, outside Helena on the Missouri River.
This is Not a tourist attraction, but an actual working sapphire mine where you can dig in either virgin dirt or the old gold dredge piles. Either way, fine sapphire to be had.
*Overseas Faceting Services
For good, honest, low cost overseas faceting services and simple settings for your sapphire and tourmaline finds, we suggest you try
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Blaze uses the best overseas faceters on all stones, at a discount price, but still top quality. All stones sent to him for faceting,will be re-evaluated for facet quality. He does not want to send any stone to the faceters that will not cut at least a slightly included finish stone. All stones will be faceted how the cutters evaluate each stone for the best cut, (if you want a specific cut, you will have to note specify cut and put in a separate baggy.)
I have more contacts upon request.
They also have some amazing cut gemstones for sale!
See the bottom of his home page for pricing information.
Make sure to contact him before sending any rough for cutting. Tell him we sent you!
For great Shortwave, Midwave, Longwave display lighting and portable battery powered lights, I have found this company to have the best available on the market.
Make sure, if you are buying a lamp for Benitoite, it can only be (SW) Shortwave UV.
Rock Art and Photography by
This amazing artist cuts slabs from different mineral from around the world.
He sees the true beauty within these rocks and photographs it.
For more information on his beautiful works and to see his gallery, please click the photo above.
If you purchase one of his prints, please tell him Wayne from Capistrano Mining Company sent you.