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Thu Jan 31, 2019, 10:53 PM

Are there any rockhounds here? Or a rock/gem/mineral/gold diggers forum on DU? nt

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Reply Are there any rockhounds here? Or a rock/gem/mineral/gold diggers forum on DU? nt (Original post)
GemDigger Jan 2019 OP
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Response to GemDigger (Original post)

Thu Jan 31, 2019, 11:05 PM

1. One of the reasons I live in

the Rockies.

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Response to 2naSalit (Reply #1)

Thu Jan 31, 2019, 11:12 PM

3. Sweet! Why I am in this corner.

They don't call it the Treasure State for nothing.

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Response to GemDigger (Reply #3)

Thu Jan 31, 2019, 11:15 PM

4. Yup.

I used to live in your county for over a decade. Lots of good rockhounding spots there.

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Response to 2naSalit (Reply #4)

Thu Jan 31, 2019, 11:19 PM

7. Read my #5 below and tell me what you think?

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Response to GemDigger (Reply #7)

Thu Jan 31, 2019, 11:24 PM

8. I like that idea, I gon't always like to go alone because

bears. I'm really used to being around them but it's nice to have others when out in the out there.

When it warms up, I'd be into it.

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Response to 2naSalit (Reply #8)

Thu Jan 31, 2019, 11:58 PM

22. When we head into April I will mention it again and we can talk about it in more detail.

The three of us are in different chunks of the state but I am sure we can find something to dig for in the middle of us.

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Response to GemDigger (Reply #22)

Fri Feb 1, 2019, 12:06 AM

26. I agree.

You and I probably aren't more than an hour apart, I'm two counties east of you. Not sure where our other compadre is located but we could figure something out.

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Response to 2naSalit (Reply #26)

Fri Feb 1, 2019, 10:13 AM

49. I'm near Missoula.

Happy to meet wherever works for the group. Treasures await!

Salit, I read your note about bears above...speaking of, I just spoke to one of our local biologists who tracks bears in my neighborhood and he told me about two who have yet to go to sleep this winter! He knows I feed birds this time of year and he advised me to take my feeders in at night so as not to draw them into the yard. Weird, huh?

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Response to GemDigger (Reply #22)

Fri Feb 1, 2019, 01:17 AM

36. Hi guys! I'm just a little west of Kalispell.

Everytime we go to the park and surrounding areas I'm forever picking up exciting specimens and boring my family.

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Response to Maru Kitteh (Reply #36)

Fri Feb 1, 2019, 10:02 AM

46. That's ME exactly.

I’m forever hauling rocks home in my pockets, in my glove compartment, in my h2o bottle...my prize was a sizable piece of petrified wood I picked up south of Miles City.

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Response to MontanaMama (Reply #46)

Fri Feb 1, 2019, 11:18 AM

58. I have been saying that if I ever get into an accident that it won't be the accident that gets me,

but will be all the rocks slamming around the vehicle that hits me in the head.

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Response to MontanaMama (Reply #46)

Fri Feb 1, 2019, 11:48 AM

68. Right? How many times have you got the rolling eyes? lol. I will say

My husband is very accomodating of the many prizes I have displayed on end tables and shelves all over the house.

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Response to Maru Kitteh (Reply #68)

Fri Feb 1, 2019, 01:53 PM

94. It's so much easier to dust/clean rocks that it is knick knacks.

My book case doesn't hold books, but does a fantastic job for my rocks. End tables, shelves, window sills, next to the TV, on the desk, in my room, nothing but rocks.

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Response to Maru Kitteh (Reply #36)

Fri Feb 1, 2019, 11:16 AM

57. That is one neck of the woods that I have not gone picking yet.

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Response to GemDigger (Reply #57)

Fri Feb 1, 2019, 11:28 AM

62. Me either...other than Flathead Lake.

When my family is out on the lake and the water is rough, I have them drop me off on an island...like Wild Horse or Bird island. I poke around the shores and shallows looking for treasures.

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Response to 2naSalit (Reply #1)

Fri Feb 1, 2019, 12:41 AM

32. we are in OREGON. MY hubby goes Goldmining in Washington state.

he also likes to do goldmining at Cape Disappointment in Oregon. He has tons of nuggets

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Response to trueblue2007 (Reply #32)

Fri Feb 1, 2019, 12:47 AM

33. Lucky is the man who finds nuggets. All I find is flakes but the joy of digging is worth it.

And if I find enough flakes (but not enough to sell) I want to use them in a piece of artwork like a tree made of gold flakes on a black background. I have been looking for a metal detector and maybe, just maybe that is when I will find my nuggets.

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Response to GemDigger (Original post)

Thu Jan 31, 2019, 11:07 PM

2. Hiya GemDigger!

I am an avid agate collector. I have pounds and pounds of them waiting to be tumbled. I can only tumble rocks when the weather is warm enough to use the hose outside for rinsing them in between tumbles. I did pan for garnets over by Helena and filled a small bottle full of them...that was SO much fun. I’d love to know more about all of it and get out more than I do. I’m glad you started this thread.

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Response to MontanaMama (Reply #2)

Thu Jan 31, 2019, 11:18 PM

5. Shazam! My son hates it when I decide I want to move. That last load is a bitch.

I have a Vibratec polisher and it isn't as good as a tumbler. I usually have empty buckets in the car in case I decide to grab some gold dirt/sapphire gravel and bring it home to putz with at home.

That is three of us in this state. We should plan a dig together. For something, anything.

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Response to GemDigger (Reply #5)

Thu Jan 31, 2019, 11:39 PM

16. I think that'd be great!

My goodness, how often do you move, GD? I use a Thumlers Tumbler and I really like it. I’m still learning in terms of what I should and shouldn’t tumble together. I sometimes have to tumble batches more than once with a particular grit to get the best results. I like to sit on the gravel beaches in Oregon and dig for agates with nothing in my ears but the ocean. I can do it for hours. Isn’t it nice to talk about something other than you know who?

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Response to MontanaMama (Reply #16)

Thu Jan 31, 2019, 11:47 PM

20. 3 times in 25 years. The last place was too small and I couldn't get to my dirt/gravel to play with

so we went bigger. Needed a garage with a hose close by and the sun shining in the door.

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Response to MontanaMama (Reply #16)

Fri Feb 1, 2019, 12:03 AM

24. See my #22 above.

Last edited Fri Feb 1, 2019, 12:49 AM - Edit history (1)

I destroyed a gorgeous piece in my tumbler (calling it a tumbler because calling it a vibrator just sounds too hinky).

Isn’t it nice to talk about something other than you know who?
Amen to that!




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Response to MontanaMama (Reply #16)

Fri Feb 1, 2019, 12:12 AM

27. It's great to talk about something else!

I don't have any lapidary tools or tumblers but I might look into that since I don't see a time when I would stop collecting rocks that would look good tumbled.

Moving always requires an apology for the three boxes of rocks but that's what I have. And I got rid of all but three double milk crates of books when I liquidated years ago. I don't have much stuff now but I always seem to be gathering more stuff. But I never seem to leave the rocks behind!

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Response to GemDigger (Reply #5)

Fri Feb 1, 2019, 10:09 AM

48. Are there no internet sites to get people together in your area?

For birders, there is a site, birdingpals.com that lets bird watchers connect with people all over the world. My husband and I are going to Britain next fall and I plan to contact some birders on that site for advice on places to go and maybe to hook up with them for some birdwatching.

My sister hunts fossils and she has contacts all over Florida and through them all over the US so she gets access to private sites and can get help excavating large fossil finds.

I'd be surprised if there were not groups like that for rock hounds (is that the right term? If not, sorry).

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Response to csziggy (Reply #48)

Fri Feb 1, 2019, 11:21 AM

60. Many of the towns in this area have a Gem & Mineral Club and they schedule monthly outings

but I have not checked into groups on the net. Great idea! Yes rock hounds is the term.

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Response to MontanaMama (Reply #2)

Thu Jan 31, 2019, 11:19 PM

6. I just started collecting agates

on the river banks, I have pounds and pounds too but I don't have a tumbler. I kind of like them in raw form.

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Response to 2naSalit (Reply #6)

Thu Jan 31, 2019, 11:24 PM

9. Raw agates are mesmerizing too.

I have a piece of petrified wood that is simply stunning. Crystals, garnets, more wood, serpentine, calcite, gold, sapphires, amethyst I am a junkie. A gem/mineral/dirt junkie.

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Response to GemDigger (Reply #9)

Thu Jan 31, 2019, 11:31 PM

14. I got into it as a child

but got really into it when I moved to Idaho and then got into college there. I hung out with the geology students and profs, I was a late starter so was the same age as many of the faculty, and got to go on all the field trips and I learned a lot... and it was not my major.

I have a rock collection from lots of places, some cool crystals and lots of volcanic remnants that I just like even though they aren't gems. When I lived in your county, I was in the obsidian zone so I kind of got burned out on that stuff. It's why the sand is black and you soldn't go barefoot and your tires don't last as long.

If it's a cool rock, I'll pick it up and ponder it for a spell and decide about whether its' a "leaverite" or not.

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Response to 2naSalit (Reply #14)

Thu Jan 31, 2019, 11:43 PM

18. I used to belong to a photo club, and similar to here every month was something different

except we used the alphabet and the subject was A. I decided that I was going to do agates and went to the river. I was so focused on "agates" that I picked up a rock and chucked it while thinking to myself that I am here for agates. Somewhere, some direction, onto the river bank, into the river, who knows. I got home and slammed my head onto my desk when I realized that in my blinders looking for agates I threw away a stunning piece of industrial corundum. 3 big crystals fused together. So I went back to the river the next day and went over that stretch of rocks foot by foot and then inch by inch. For 7 hours I combed that section. There were a few fisherman around and they kept looking at me like I was some kind of nut until I explained to them that I just HAD too find this rock I chucked. I am still beating myself up.


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Response to GemDigger (Reply #18)

Thu Jan 31, 2019, 11:57 PM

21. Yeah those aren't the best discoveries.

I learned about the agates when I relocated into this area a few years ago, a roommate had some that would make a a real rockhound envious enough to go out and start combing the gravel bars. And I have a few nice pieces. I have only thrown back a nice piece once, not gonna talk about it...

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Response to 2naSalit (Reply #6)

Thu Jan 31, 2019, 11:43 PM

17. Wow! Agates on river banks?

I haven’t really looked for them on this side of the divide. Guess I need to get busy.

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Response to MontanaMama (Reply #17)

Fri Feb 1, 2019, 12:01 AM

23. Indeed! No digging required!

I have a few that are rather hefty, like around a half pound in weight. There is a wild combination of fossils, petrified wood, volcanic remnants and agates. It's like someone dumped out all the pieces of geologic history and tumbled them down the river, it's amazing.

I want to check out Yolo sometime, That sounds like a cool place to investigate.

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Response to 2naSalit (Reply #23)

Fri Feb 1, 2019, 10:53 AM

54. I am going to do that this spring.

I live close to a big rushing creek whose headwaters are in a wilderness area...I wonder if that would be good? Maybe the Blackfoot would be a good option too. I’m just a couple miles from it. Exciting to think about.

Where is Yolo? I’m not familiar with it.

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Response to MontanaMama (Reply #54)

Fri Feb 1, 2019, 11:15 AM

56. I'm pretty close to a

wilderness area too. I haven't explored much outside the Hebgen Basin, where I lived for over a decade, so I know that are really well but not much rock hounding, mostly wild flowers and wild animals and too many humans, now.

Yolo is about half an hour south of Missoula, where US93 and US12 split before you get to Florence. That's where the Montana blue sapphires come from. And it's on the Bitterroot. Heck, I've been past there a bunch of times and didn't realize it!

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Response to 2naSalit (Reply #56)

Fri Feb 1, 2019, 11:20 AM

59. Wait...is it Lolo?

Where Lewis and Clark went through? It makes sense that there’d be sapphires there. Maybe Rock Creek too...west of Missoula. You really have me thinking!

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Response to MontanaMama (Reply #59)

Fri Feb 1, 2019, 11:23 AM

61. Wait, now I have to look again to make sure!

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Response to 2naSalit (Reply #63)

Fri Feb 1, 2019, 11:46 AM

66. You got me on that one!

I was googling Lolo, YOLO and Yogo myself to see what I was missing! However, I think you are exactly correct, Yogo sapphires would be in a Rock Creek which would flow out of the Sapphire mountains. Coincidentally, just across those mountains as the crow flies would be Lolo... so I was confused. Anyway, there is a dam way up high on Rock Creek that is being eyed for removal. Would it be something to pick those creek beds after the mine comes out? Who knows what treasures are being held back!

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Response to MontanaMama (Reply #66)

Fri Feb 1, 2019, 11:51 AM

69. Oooh yes!

Is any of it on FS land? I know how to get permits.

What I like about the river banks is that we have right of way to go there as public land.

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Response to 2naSalit (Reply #69)

Fri Feb 1, 2019, 01:17 PM

88. I believe a lot of it is on public land.

Whether it is FS or BLM ets I don't know but I can find out. Stay tuned on that.

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Response to MontanaMama (Reply #88)

Fri Feb 1, 2019, 01:44 PM

91. Staying tuned...nt

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Response to 2naSalit (Reply #91)

Fri Feb 1, 2019, 02:54 PM

99. Just got the word that

there is lots of FS land along Rock Creek particularly the west side. Lots of public access in that area - blue ribbon fly fishing is the main draw.

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Response to MontanaMama (Reply #99)

Fri Feb 1, 2019, 03:12 PM

102. The only thing a rock hound near a creek has to fear is

if they are muddying the water upstream from someone fishing. I imagine that pissing off a fisherman can ruin a good day.


DJ just bought me this

https://historicalmapsonline.com/product/montana-gold-gems-1873

set of maps. I will get back to you.

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Response to GemDigger (Reply #102)

Fri Feb 1, 2019, 03:18 PM

103. Thanks! I might

have to get a copy of that for myself.

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Response to 2naSalit (Reply #103)

Fri Feb 1, 2019, 03:42 PM

104. It is very detailed and worth the money.

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Response to GemDigger (Reply #102)

Fri Feb 1, 2019, 05:30 PM

105. That looks like

something I need to have in my possession. Thanks GD.

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Response to MontanaMama (Reply #17)

Fri Feb 1, 2019, 12:14 AM

29. Right after spring runoff is the best time for river hunting.

Every other time of the year is good hunting.

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Response to GemDigger (Reply #29)

Fri Feb 1, 2019, 11:56 AM

70. I am looking forward to

post runoff hounding along the river. The load bed shift always rewards. Montana is new territory for me regarding rock hounding. Most of my exploits have been in SoCal, NH, WI and Idaho. Now that I have migrated away from the YNP zone, I'm looking forward to going deeper into Montana. I spent decades driving across this state, I always wanted to live here to explore everything. Now that I have retired, I am finding i can do more of what I have always wanted to do, within reason.

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Response to 2naSalit (Reply #70)

Fri Feb 1, 2019, 12:07 PM

72. NH is where I started my love for rocks when I found a piece of granite that was shaped like a bunny

the morning after I rescued a house bunny. I thought it was a sign and I followed it. The last time I went back to visit, my cousin had just had an amazing 300 foot rock wall built. There were a lot of leftover pieces and I would go through them and then ship them here. My cousin said I should be careful because he charges by the ton. Shipping rocks is costly.

As the decades caught up with me I am not as ballzy as I used to be. There was a time I would go into bear country solo and think nothing of it. Now, not so ballzy. Then, I would pick up a rock that was half my weight (I am tiny) and now, not so ballzy on that either. I would go solo on logging/fire roads that my car should not have been on, now I would rather have company.

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Response to GemDigger (Reply #72)

Fri Feb 1, 2019, 12:17 PM

75. Ha!

I was taken to an old feldspar mine to look for tourmaline and garnet when I was about ten and that was it for me when I found some nice pieces there. Seems like it was somewhere in the center of the state.

I also have been out a little in Wyoming but haven't spent much time there.

The Rockies have so much to offer for rockhounds having been such a geologically active place.

I used to go out alone all the time down in the Hebgen area, after my first "got too close to a bear" event I started carrying bear spray, only to end up being an outreach and ed person for local federal agencies for a short spell. It wouldn't look good if I got nailed by a bear after that.

I still have my backwoods Toyota, needs a repair before I go out in the sticks with it again but I don't like to go out alone anymore either... I used to take a lot of risks out there too. Now it kind of gives me the heebie jeebies. Kind of like I've used up most of my lucky breaks or something.

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Response to GemDigger (Original post)

Thu Jan 31, 2019, 11:24 PM

10. You mean like Andy Dufresne?

"I guess I just miss my friend."

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Response to RockRaven (Reply #10)

Thu Jan 31, 2019, 11:31 PM

13. I need to watch that again. I have seen it once and I cried like a baby.

But one more time to remind myself how good of a movie that was.

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Response to GemDigger (Original post)

Thu Jan 31, 2019, 11:26 PM

11. You could send a DM to MineralMan...

long time DUer. He's a rockhound.

He'll probably pop into this thread eventually.

Sid

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Response to SidDithers (Reply #11)

Thu Jan 31, 2019, 11:30 PM

12. Ahh his name does speak for him. Thanks

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Response to SidDithers (Reply #11)

Thu Jan 31, 2019, 11:34 PM

15. That's good to know...

I always wondered about his username but never felt confident to ask. I suspected it might have something to do with 3M because he's in Minnesota.

I'd rather that it's indicative of his love for rockhounding.

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Response to 2naSalit (Reply #15)

Thu Jan 31, 2019, 11:45 PM

19. I figured him

as maybe a geologist or something similar.

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Response to SidDithers (Reply #11)

Fri Feb 1, 2019, 09:56 AM

45. Hi. I spent several years selling mineral specimens

to collectors. I was one of the first internet mineral dealers. I had been interested in minerals and rocks since childhood, and finally started my own collection in the 1990s. The business grew out of my acquiring of specimens for that collection, which grew to have over 1500 mineral species in it at one point.

I never really was a rockhound, though. I acquired specimens by buying them. I gave myself the equivalent of a Master's degree in mineralogy through reading, study, and working with the collection. Once I started selling specimens, I had customers from all over the world. It was a fascinating business to be in, and involved a lot of travel to major mineral shows to find specimens to sell.

However, I'm a fickle person when it comes to my interests. When too many others began selling specimens on the internet, my business began to falter, due to a shortage of materials to purchase at decent prices that allowed for a small profit. So, in 2007, I auctioned off all my remaining stock, along with my entire collection, to a competing internet mineral dealer. Then, I moved on to other interests. I have just one specimen remaining - a 200 lb. pegmatite specimen that sits on a tall octagonal table in my living room. It's a reminder of that phase of my life.

I remain interested in mineralogy, though, and will be glad to drop into a DU group on the subject, if one is started.

Note: There is a mineral dealer on the internet, doing business as MineralMan. That isn't me. His business began after I was already out of that business. That has caused a little confusion, at times. My business was called Ososoft Mineral Connection.

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Response to MineralMan (Reply #45)

Fri Feb 1, 2019, 11:41 AM

64. Hi MineralMan, thanks for stopping in.

How exciting that had to have been. I have found most of my pieces except for a few that I bought at the Gem & Mineral show because I knew I would never be able to get there to find them myself, and a few pieces that were given to me.

I have just one specimen remaining - a 200 lb. pegmatite specimen that sits on a tall octagonal table in my living room.


There are some pieces that only belong in the house and that would be one of them. Yowza that is a big piece!

I started taking in my better pieces when a person at the G&M club had several huge (huge) stunning pieces outside his home in the middle of nowhere. He went rockhounding one day and came back and his whole outside collection was gone. I don't think he ever found out who did it but he knows they needed a tow truck or something similar to get them off the ground.



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Response to GemDigger (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2019, 12:06 AM

25. Yessir.

Kinda wish we could have our own topic. Work on that OP.


Ya got any questions, or just feeling out for fellow hobbyists?

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Response to 912gdm (Reply #25)

Fri Feb 1, 2019, 12:13 AM

28. Yes, feeling out for other hobbyists, hoping there was a forum here and.

sometimes I have questions.

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Response to GemDigger (Reply #28)

Fri Feb 1, 2019, 12:56 AM

34. do the petition for a subgroup in topics.

id be for it

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Response to 912gdm (Reply #34)

Fri Feb 1, 2019, 11:47 AM

67. I will look into it and see what I can do.

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Response to 912gdm (Reply #34)

Sat Feb 2, 2019, 09:09 PM

106. I'd "subscribe". n/t

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Response to GemDigger (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2019, 12:36 AM

30. My brother has made a living off of digging rocks for about 35 years now.

We are in Colorado and he has three active claims. Amazonite is his staple, but he also digs aquamarine, and topaz. He has a claim on a gold mine, but that is an expensive undertaking. He is in Quartzite or Tuscon right now making contacts with people from all over. The world to trade stuff with them.
Not a bad gig.

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Response to world wide wally (Reply #30)

Fri Feb 1, 2019, 12:40 AM

31. I envy him. Green with envy.

Not a bad gig at all.

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Response to GemDigger (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2019, 01:08 AM

35. Know nothing about Rockhounds... But, everything I know about Rock Snakes, I learned from, "Peanuts"



TlalocW

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Response to TlalocW (Reply #35)

Fri Feb 1, 2019, 11:44 AM

65. Rock snakes are dangerous.

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Response to GemDigger (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2019, 06:52 AM

37. Rockhound checkin in!

I started with Arrowheads, have a large collection. Many gems from MT and now live in WA. This summer I visited AK. Ran a sluice box on a creek and have about 10 lbs of black sand to get through. Waiting for warmer weather. I live near a gold bearing creek and have been there several times but no luck yet. I want to go to Cape Disappointment too!

When I move the rocks are the most grumbled about. I also do mosaic tile. The tile and the rocks together -omg!

I found a wonderful heart shaped, red rock out of a creek in MT. People love it - no pun intended. Also, a arrowhead shaped rock that is uncanny. It is large and NOT an arrowhead but as a collector and KC Chiefs fan it is one of my prize rocks!

Rock on!!!!

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Response to Wawannabe (Reply #37)

Fri Feb 1, 2019, 11:58 AM

71. I have not found any arrowheads (I haven't looked for them) but I have found a hide scraper purely

by chance almost on the top of a mountain in the middle of the woods. I had a lady who was well knowledged in Native American artifacts and when she saw it she said omg, OMG!! What you have is a hide scraper and she slapped her fingers on it and shown me how it was held. She was pretty sure it came from the Clovis people.

Tile and rocks together....My imagination is going wild on that.

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Response to GemDigger (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2019, 06:56 AM

38. Try Paul McCartneys ex-wife.

Gold-digger club all by herself

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Response to PCIntern (Reply #38)

Fri Feb 1, 2019, 12:09 PM

73. Hahaha, I remember hearing about that.

One person on a website went off on my for my name. Called me a gold digger looking for a rich catch. I had to clarify that I prefer to dig for my own gold and minerals.

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Response to GemDigger (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2019, 07:41 AM

39. Used to be but restrictions on prospecting for gold in California are really strict now

 

There are only a few places left where you can pan for gold legally. I live near one, an hour away is Briceburg along the Merced River but there isn't a lot of gold here anymore. Most of the gold has already been taken.

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Response to ansible (Reply #39)

Fri Feb 1, 2019, 12:13 PM

74. There are restrictions here but not as strict as CA.

The restrictions are basically for dredging and machinery in most areas. There are a few areas though that will nail you for a shovel and gold pan.

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Response to GemDigger (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2019, 08:26 AM

40. Love my rocks!

We go quartz digging about twice a year.

I like the idea of a rock/gem digging group! Maybe post this in Ask the Admin s .

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Response to backtoblue (Reply #40)

Fri Feb 1, 2019, 12:17 PM

76. I wasn't expecting this much of a response on this thread but now that I have I will do just that nt

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Response to GemDigger (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2019, 08:51 AM

41. I started rockhounding when I was around 9

Then I decided I needed to do something with those rocks so I got into making spheres.


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Response to ripcord (Reply #41)

Fri Feb 1, 2019, 09:21 AM

43. awesome, I have almost bought a sphere machine a bunch of times

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Response to cbdo2007 (Reply #43)

Fri Feb 1, 2019, 10:18 AM

50. Despite all the noise its how I relax

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Response to ripcord (Reply #50)

Fri Feb 1, 2019, 12:21 PM

78. Suiseki at its best! That one is beautiful too.

If you have more pics, share them all.

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Response to ripcord (Reply #41)

Fri Feb 1, 2019, 10:30 AM

51. Beautiful!

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Response to ripcord (Reply #41)

Fri Feb 1, 2019, 10:47 AM

53. Please tell me more about this?!?!

This looks like something I “need”. Oh my.

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Response to MontanaMama (Reply #53)

Fri Feb 1, 2019, 12:25 PM

79. Hehe I just said the same thing and sent my son a text saying just that.

He sent me a text back "So is it a metal detector, rock saw, lapidary machine or a sphere maker you want?" I sent a text back "All of it!"

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Response to GemDigger (Reply #79)

Fri Feb 1, 2019, 01:21 PM

89. I got my kiddo a metal detector for Christmas...

thought he would be enthused about it since he likes that show on TV "Diggers". I even got him the pinpoint detector. He's kind of excited but not what I'd hoped. Mama may have to "borrow" his gear. That was off topic...So this sphere maker sounds fabulous, right?

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Response to MontanaMama (Reply #89)

Fri Feb 1, 2019, 01:47 PM

92. Once he is able to get out and use it he will like it more. If not,

reclaim it! "Diggers" is what finally got my son into it. When he mentioned he wanted to go mining my response was "What took you so long?" His response was "I never watched Diggers before" then he offered to buy me one ….Oh happy day!!

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Response to ripcord (Reply #41)

Fri Feb 1, 2019, 12:19 PM

77. Beautiful piece! I want to touch it and look at it real close :)

Thanks for sharing it.

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Response to GemDigger (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2019, 09:20 AM

42. Rockhound here in the Kansas City area

Too cold to go outside though. Around here I just find fossils, but have been to AR for quartz digs, IL for geodes, and MN for agates on various rock hunting trips.

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Response to cbdo2007 (Reply #42)

Fri Feb 1, 2019, 12:30 PM

80. Sounds like you have a nice little stash of rocks.

Have you busted the geodes?

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Response to GemDigger (Reply #80)

Fri Feb 1, 2019, 01:59 PM

95. I've busted a few hundred pounds of them....

have another few hundred pounds in my garage that I sit and open occasionally or sell at garage sales to the neighborhood kids for 25 cents each

Mostly just quartz inside but have found oil, water, pyrite, calcite, smoky quartz, and amethyst in some as well.

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Response to cbdo2007 (Reply #42)

Sat Feb 2, 2019, 09:14 PM

107. AR has diamonds too

I have been there once. No luck but great fun.

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Response to GemDigger (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2019, 09:36 AM

44. Definitely here!

No time for gold digging, although we did the tourist thing in Fairbanks in 2015 when we were there.

But I had the privilege of knowing a few Chinese and Afghan mineral dealers who used to pass through the Düsseldorf airport on the way to expos here in Europe, and I sometimes got first shot at some incredible flourites (from China) and Aquamarines and tourmalines from Pakistan and Afghanistan. This goes back a few decades. I can't afford the prices they ask for that stuff nowadays.

There was a rock shop in Provincetown, Mass. about 15 years back, and it had a huge (12 inches, I think) tourmaline crystal in the window. I must have passed by it 12 years in a row thinking it was black. One day, when the sun was setting just right, a ray fell on the tourmaline as I was passing by, and I noticed to my astonishment that it was a GREEN tourmaline crystal. Thinking I could never afford it, I went in and asked the price. The owner was surprised, said I was the first person that had asked about that piece in a decade. He told me he had bought it from a major dealer in Minas Gerais in Brazil ages ago, and if I wanted it for 7% more than he had paid for it, I was welcome to it. I couldn't say "yes" fast enough!

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I also got first shot at some amazing pyrite crystals from the Navajún mine near Zaragoza in Spain. This is also going back 25 years. Who knows what they cost now?

Anyway, I have always been fascinated by nature's artistry.

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Response to DFW (Reply #44)

Fri Feb 1, 2019, 12:48 PM

83. Wow! That is a big piece! Love the picture.

I lucked out once. The Gem & Mineral show I helped at had an emerald ring I wanted and admired but could not afford what he wanted for it. Every year for 5 years I went to the same booth and tried on the same ring. Finally, on year 6, he let me wear it for the day and when I returned it to the gentleman he asked me what I would pay for it. I told him that there was no way I could come close to what he wanted for it. He then told me that as long as he has had that ring that my finger is the only one it fit and how much would you give me for it? I told him I only had $50 on me and that wouldn't even pay for the setting, never mind the emerald. Long story short, he sold a $400 dollar ring to me for $25. Jackpot!


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Response to GemDigger (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2019, 10:03 AM

47. I'm in North Carolina.

Lots of native emeralds, rubies, sapphires and garnets. Also good clear and smokey quart specimens. I am itching to go out west and try to find something new.

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Response to momto3 (Reply #47)

Fri Feb 1, 2019, 12:52 PM

84. Follow the itch wherever it may take you. Emeralds in NC? I hear them calling my name.

Have you ever had any of the gems cut? I have a vial of raw sapphires but never had any of them cut.

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Response to GemDigger (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2019, 10:31 AM

52. The Gem show just opened in Tucson this week.

Maybe you guys need to plan a road trip out here next year 😉

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Response to MLAA (Reply #52)

Fri Feb 1, 2019, 12:54 PM

85. I have been wanting too go there for years.

We have several shows around here, some of them small and some of them not so small, but none of them compare to the Tucson show. I would have to be dragged out of there by my hair because I would not be leaving willingly.

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Response to GemDigger (Reply #85)

Fri Feb 1, 2019, 03:01 PM

100. And if you did manage to drag yourself out of the show...

You just might decide to stay in Tucsonfor the whole winter...a perfect 70 degrees and sunny day today 😉

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Response to MLAA (Reply #100)

Fri Feb 1, 2019, 03:04 PM

101. There is that. 70 sounds so comforting right now.

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Response to GemDigger (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2019, 11:05 AM

55. Our sixteen year old grandson is a 'rock hound' and a 'detectorist'.




The Tikkis

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Response to Tikki (Reply #55)

Fri Feb 1, 2019, 01:01 PM

86. The detector is on my wish list.

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Response to GemDigger (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2019, 12:34 PM

81. I am

Own a biz that sells them too

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Response to GemDigger (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2019, 12:42 PM

82. You All Are So Lucky

I was born a rock collector for some unfathomable reason, but my misfortune was to be born in SE Pa. Shale, shale, and more shale. I can't even find an arrowhead in my creek! I do collect when I am somewhere...else. Got some nice stuff (to me, anything is a step up) when we visited Lake Superior. Came home with a suitcase full of rocks when we visited Yellowstone. No, I didn't take them from any park. I also collect beach stones and do have a tumbler. Been tumbling since I was about 10.

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Response to RobinA (Reply #82)

Fri Feb 1, 2019, 01:16 PM

87. Robin that had me chuckling, a couple of times. Not laughing at you just your way with words made

me smile. Always look down is my motto.

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Response to GemDigger (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2019, 01:35 PM

90. I live in northern NM

Just in my yard I’ve found tons of amazing fossils, basaltic rocks, volcanic rocks.

I haven’t found agates or gems.

I found an arrowhead when I was a kid, but have since lost it.


Even plain, old rocks interest me because they are all links to our billion year journey as a planet

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Response to rusty fender (Reply #90)

Fri Feb 1, 2019, 01:50 PM

93. Your have a yard I would give a big toe for. I need both arms and both legs to hobby with.

I have a friend in NM I plan on visiting next year and I told her to be prepared to dig up the state.

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Response to GemDigger (Reply #93)

Fri Feb 1, 2019, 02:03 PM

96. It really is amazing

what you can find just on the surface! Arroyos here also are very good for finding fossils because, in essence, nature has already done the digging.

I would share pics of my findings, but I don’t know how to post pics on DU using my IPad

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Response to rusty fender (Reply #96)

Fri Feb 1, 2019, 02:06 PM

97. I don't know how either. Something about having to put pictures on a hosting site.

I would have the cleanest, rockless / pebbleless / fossilless yard in the county if my yard gave up treasures.

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Response to GemDigger (Reply #97)

Fri Feb 1, 2019, 02:45 PM

98. Wow!

I live in the “country” but even our cities are pretty much in the “country”

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Response to GemDigger (Original post)

Sat Feb 2, 2019, 11:50 PM

108. any mods on? guidance for this group/topic?

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Response to 912gdm (Reply #108)

Sun Feb 3, 2019, 11:29 AM

109. I sent in a request to the admins late on Friday.

No response yet.

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