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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.


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.


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.


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:

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.


Town: Archadia or Venice along coast
Gem: Fossil Sharks teeth

Location: Peace River or city of Venice along coast
Web Site:

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/

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.


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

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


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.


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.


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

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

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

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.


Town: Plush
Gem: Sunstones or Red labradorite

Location: Spectrum Mines
Web Site:

Open: May 15th through October 15th
Fee: Free to public

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

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!!!


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