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  1. #1
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    Dec 2009
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    Looking for gem hunting locations

    Well, since nobody is responding to my previous thread despite the numerous replies, I decided to start a new thread with a simpler question. Does anybody know any good spots to go gem hunting in southern California near the orange county/San Bernardino county/inland empire area? I know of a few good areas by the border like North Black hills and the Potato patch, but I'm looking for something a little more local and less like a desert. Thanks in advance for any responses!!

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    Ken Chichester

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    Phoenix, AZ
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    Re: Looking for gem hunting locations

    If you are really interested in gem collection, I guess the best book on the subject is written by Neil R. Bearce (US Air Force retired). His book locates 90 personally tested collection sites using topo maps and photographs. He gives very detailed information on each site, including difficulty, etc. The name of the 400 page book is "Minerals, Fossils, and fluorescents of ARIZONA" "a field guide for collectors." Geographically it is not in the area you have specified but given the detail this book has, try looking for a similar publication at your local library. The ISBN # 0-9749846-1-2 check it out and decide for yourself if perhaps a weekend camping trip would satisfy your desire to come home with what you are looking for instead of a "nice try but no cigar" at a local spot that is easily accessible.

    Good luck in your search
    Ken "dustcap" Chichester

    Never, never give up

  3. #3
    us
    Dec 2009
    6

    Re: Looking for gem hunting locations

    Thanks dustcap for your suggestion, I looked online a found a good Cali book. Most of the areas are desert, but I did find out about an old Opal vein in my local mountains! Thanks for your help!

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    N. San Diego area (Pic of my two best 'finds')
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    Re: Looking for gem hunting locations

    Suggest you visit and chat with the folks at Gems of Pala (tel: 760-742-1356).
    The area rich in minerals, including tourmaline.
    Don...

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    us
    Sep 2006
    Washington and Oregon
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    Re: Looking for gem hunting locations

    Quote Originally Posted by jcshayden
    Thanks dustcap for your suggestion, I looked online a found a good Cali book. Most of the areas are desert, but I did find out about an old Opal vein in my local mountains! Thanks for your help!
    Awesome deal on the opal vein...One of my favorite gemstones and one I hunt as often as possible. Now regarding the desert. That's always where the good stuff is. Anywhere where you either sunburn and freeze all within 24 hours in the same spot.
    Happy Hunting
    ~Nash~
    Whatever it is, it is valuable. If nothing else for the lesson learned or simply the experience of having been there.

  6. #6
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    Dec 2009
    6

    Re: Looking for gem hunting locations

    You're funny nash, but i guess you are right. The vein is right on a rockface, so it turns into oven during the day. At night though, it gets pretty damn cold at 3000 feet.

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    Re: Looking for gem hunting locations

    If you gents prefer opals, have you tried Opal Mountain? From Las Vegas NV, head due west for about ten miles to Hinkley, NV; then north to a 'black' mountain, Opal Mountain. Many different colors of opal (except 'fire', unfortunately) are yours for the taking. Check first for accessability; its been years since I was there.
    Don.....

  8. #8
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    Nov 2009
    Woodland Hills, Ca.
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    Re: Looking for gem hunting locations

    Good info for me too! Thanks guys

  9. #9
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    Jun 2012
    Redlands CA
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ID:	642302i know of a place in the nuevo area where i have found a large aquamarine crystal measuring 6in and many smaller ones along with black tourmaline some very large and garnets and even one small pocket of green tourmaline

 

 

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