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This is where I have listed the links to the mines in the US that I travel to and find my gemstones. They are listed in alphabetical order by state.
 
Alabama
 
Town: Talladaga county
Gem: relics, or gold
 
Location: Talladega National Forest Between Chandler Springs and Waldo in the Talladega River, and stream beds south of Waldo Chulafinnee Creek and nearby connecting streams and washes.
 
Arkansas
 
Town: Murfreesboro
Gem: Diamonds
 
Location: Crater of diamonds state park
Web Site: http://www.craterofdiamondsstatepark.com/
 
Open: The park is open year-round except for New Year's Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
 
Fee: $7.00 per day
 
Notes: There are accommodations available at the park and pets are allowed at all facilities with the exception of the Diamond Springs Water Park and Kimberlite Café, as long as they remain on a leash under the owner's control at all times. Tools are not necessary for diamond searching. A good way to search for diamonds is to walk up and down the rows looking for diamonds lying on top of the ground. However, most visitors like to dig in the soil. Therefore, you have the options of bringing your own tools from home, or you may purchase or rent tools here.

California
 
Town: Lake Henshaw in San Diego County
Gem: Tourmaline
 
Location: Himalaya Mine
Web Site: http://www.highdesertgemsandminerals.com/html/himalaya_mine_dig.html
 
Open: All Year 10am to 3pm, Thursday - Monday (closed on Tuesday and Wednesday). Reservations are not required, just show up.
 
Fee: $75.00 per person per day, buy five days get one free
 
Notes: There are accommodations at this location and all equipment is provided but you may want to bring a hat, rubber gloves, muddy shoes, and a bag for the tourmalines, old toothbrush for scrubbing and plenty of water for drinking.
 
 
Town: Palo Verde
Gem: Fire Agate, Opal, Quartz
 
Location: Opal hill Mine
Web Site: http://wiitaminingandexploration.com/id2.html
 
Open: October 1 thru May 1
 
Fee: $25.00 per person per day
 
Notes: You must bring you own equipment and make a reservation
 
 
Town: Jade Cove
Gem: Jade
 
Location: Beach
Web Site:
http://jrabold.net/bigsur/roadpt1300.htm
http://www.jadehunt.com/types-of-jade/how-to-find-big-sur-jade-at-jade-cove/
 
Open: any time
 
Fee: free
 
Notes: it is located in a protective wildlife reserve, there are rules and regulations as to how you can collect the jade look at website 2 for these rules.
 
 
Town: Alturas
Gem: Rainbow Obsidian
 
Location: modoc national forest Pink Lady, Rainbow/Lassen Creek, Middle Fork Davis Creek and Needles Mines.
Web Site: http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/modoc/recreation/MDF_Obsidian_Mines_travel_description.pdf
 
Open: best June 1 through October 15
 
Fee: free
 
Notes: along the discovery trail which is 200 miles long so bring camping gear you will need it. Can only collect up to a 5 gal bucket per day and only surface collection allowed any other amt. collected must have a special permit.


Florida
 
Town: Archadia or Venice along coast
Gem: Fossil Sharks teeth
 
Location: Peace River or city of Venice along coast
Web Site:
http://www.canoesafari.com/html/rates.html
http://www.fossilexpeditions.com/
 
Open: any time, call and make an appointment
 
Fee: $75.00 per day for canoe rental and guided tour
 
Notes: go to first website to get a list of tools you need. To set up an expedition go to the last website.
 
 
Town: Key West
Gem: Ocean Sunken Treasure
 
Location: Ocean
Web Site: http://www.melfisher.com/
http://www.newworldtreasures.com/atochastory.htm
http://1622atocha.com/
 
Open: any time, must be an investor
 
Fee: $10,000.00 to be an investor but you get to get profits off of finds over $400,000.00 worth
 
Notes: Atocha & margarita Spanish ships that crashed in ocean off of Key West.

Georgia

 
Town: Washington
Gem: amethyst
 
Location: Jackson Crossroads Mine
Web Site: http://www.wncrocks.com/resources/Collecting%20site%20jackson%20crossroads.htm
 
Open: any day you make arrangements for
 
Fee: $25.00 per person per day
 
Notes: Visits to Jackson Crossroads need to be arranged in advance. E-mail Steve Barr for permission to go to the site. You can contact him at:stevebarr@windstream.net Please schedule your trip at least a week in advance, preferably two weeks in advance. This is due to the fact that arrangements must be made to have a caretaker meet you at the gate to let you in and give you a brief tour. Read website and bring your own supplies and prepare to be muddy!
 
 
Town: Cleveland
Gem: amethyst/various
 
Location: Goln n’ gem grubbin mine
Web Site: http://www.goldngem.com/
 
Open: any day 9 am to 5pm
 
Fee: $25.00 per person per day
 
Notes: 3 different mining techniques, this is also where you can turn your rough into gems.
 
 
Town: Lagrange
Gem: amethyst, smokey quartz, tourmaline, auqamarine
 
Location: hogg mine
Web Site: http://www.digforcrystals.com/Hogg_dig_dates.html
 
Open: 9 am to 5pm dig times see notes
 
Fee: $35.00 per person per day
 
Notes: Mine only open at certain times, check website to get sch, for upcoming digs and make your reservation, bring rakes gloves, and buy a screen
 
 
Idaho
 
Town: mosco
Gem: Star garnet
 
Location: Emerald Creek
Web Site: http://www.fs.fed.us/ipnf/rec/activities/garnets/
 
Open: only 170 people allowed per day Friday thru Tuesday 9 A.M. - 5 P.M
 
Fee: $10.00 per person per day for a permit for garnet
 
Notes: permit includes equipment and allows for you to take 5 lbs of garnets. Accommodations available check website for details and call ahead to verify they are open.


Montana

 
Town: Hellena & Phillipsburg
Gem: Sapphire
 
Location: Sapphire Gallery or Sapphire Mountain
Spokane bar sapphire mine
Web Site: http://www.sapphiremine.com/
 
Open: call to verify the times
 
Fee: $10.00 per person per day to mine the pit
 
 
Town: Phillipsburg
Gem: sapphire
 
Location: Sapphire mountain mine
Web Site: http://gemmountainmt.com/default.aspx
 
Open: 7 days a week May 16th - September 30th
 
Fee: price is determined per bucket
 
Notes: you can not go to the mine, but you can buy buckets from the mine, they facet and heat treat all sapphires on site.


Nevada
 
Town: Humbolt County
Gem: Opal
 
Location: Bonanza Opal Mine
Web Site: http://www.bonanzaopals.com/
 
Open: May 20th and closes September 30th, 8 AM to 4:00 PM
 
Fee: $50.00 per day but this gives you leftovers from pit only shareholder can dig in pit
 
Notes: campground available and you must bring you own supplies
 
 
Town: Humbolt County
Gem: Opal
 
Location: Royal Peacock Opal Mines
Web Site: http://www.royalpeacock.com/
 
Open: May 15 thru Oct. 15, 8 am - 4 pm
 
Fee: $180.00 per day per person bank dig fee, Tailings dig fee is $75.00 per day per person
 
Notes: Equipment available for rent or bring your own. Accommodations also available at site camping or hotel.
 
 
Town: Tonopah
Gem: Turquoise
 
Location: Royston Turquoise Mine
Web Site: http://www.roystonturquoise.com/minetours.htm
 
Open: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM excluding holidays
 
Fee: $100 per person for 3 hours of digging through tailings, 1 5 lb bucked allowed
 
Notes: We expect at least a two week advanced notice. You will need to bring sunscreen, gloves, a good pair of shoes (tennis shoes, hiking boots, etc.), proper clothing (t-shirt, pants, hat, and some warmer layers as the weather may change fast), water, some sort of snack if you desire, and whatever you would like to dig with. Transportation to mine is limited, so let us know if you need a ride ahead of time.


New Jersey

 
Town: Ogdensburg
Gem: Florescent minerals
 
Location: Serling and Franklin hill mine
Web Site: http://www.rockhounds.com/rockshop/njsites.html
http://www.franklinmineralmuseum.com/whatshere.htm
http://sterlinghillminingmuseum.org/
 
Open: Museums are open 7 days a week
Franklin mine allows you to mine at the buckwheat dump site any day the museum is open the sterling museum only allows digs one day a month and you must call in advance to get the sch.
 
Fee: Franklin mine allows you to mine at the buckwheat dump site for $5.00 admission plus $1.50 per lb found
 
Notes: 1 hr away from NY city accommodations available, not a lot of info on the websites call for more details


New York
 
Town: Herkimer
Gem: Herkimer Diamond
 
Location: Herkomer Diamond Mine or Ace of Diamonds mine
Web Site: http://www.herkimerdiamond.com/mining.html#rates
http://www.herkimerdiamonds.com/mine.htm
 
 
Open: April 15 to October 31 – every day of the week
9:00 am to 5:00 pm daily
ace of diamonds has same hours of operation and is across the street
 
Fee: $10.00 per person for ages 13 and up if you want sluce bags they are an additional $10.00
Ace of diamonds mine $7.00 per person
 
Notes: Museaum admission is included in the fee plus all your equipment, the ace of diamonds mine holds more promise to finding diamonds
First site Herkimer second ace of diamonds


North Carolina
 
Town: Spruce Pine
Gem: Aquamarine, but can find over 20 other types of gem here
 
Location: Gem mountain, bushy creek mine
Web Site: http://www.gemmountain.com/
 
Open: March 1st through December 31st, Closed Sundays. Memorial Day through Labor day 9-7, all other days 9-5
 
Fee: Free to public, but to go into the mine there is a $50.00 fee per person
 
Notes:
Accommodations available, and camping.
All equipment furnished and your stones will be inspected free of charge Experienced gem cutters are also on hand to cut and design jewelry from your finds.
 
 
Town: Franklin
Gem: Sapphire, ruby
 
Location: Sheffield mine
Web Site: http://www.sheffieldmine.com/
 
Open: Open 7 Days a Week- Rain or Shine - April 1st thru October 31st 10am to 5pm
Fee: $15.00 per person per day
 
Notes: you will be stuck with bucket unless you sch. A fieldtrip to the mine itself ahead of time arrive at mine at 9 am.


Oregon
 
Town: Plush
Gem: Sunstones or Red labradorite
 
Location: Spectrum Mines
Web Site:
http://www.highdesertgemsandminerals.com/html/spectrum_sunstone_mines.html
 
Open: May 15th through October 15th
Fee: Free to public
 
Notes:
You must bring your own tools, which should consist of a pick, hammer, screwdriver, sifter, water, bucket, and apron with pouches to put your stones in.
No accommodations in the area so must camp. Desert area so bring appropriate clothing.
 
 
Town: Lake County
Gem: Fire Opal
 
Location: Jupiter Ridge Opal Mine
Web Site: http://www.juniperridgeopal.com/
 
Open: by appointment only make reservations early
Fee: $250.00 per person per day or per one gal. bucket which ever is first
 
Notes:
There are accommodations around 1 hr away and you must bring all supplies with you. Look at website to get a list of supplies. Also be aware that for the fee above there is a possibility to find a 12lb + opal!!!


Texas
 
Town: Alpine
Gem: RED PLUME AGATE, other agate, opals
 
Location: Woodward Ranch
Web Site: http://www.woodwardranch.com/index.htm
 
Open: every day of the week 9:00 am to 5:00 pm daily
 
Fee: No fee to go collecting, but if you stay there their is a fee for accomodations
 
Notes: camping site can not dig, but bring small tools because if the stone is poking out of the ground you can pry it up