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  1. San Diego County Gem Hunting

    I started looking for gold and silver in the back country of San Diego which I documented in my prospecting journal here (http://www.treasurenet.com/forums/prospectors-journals/637334-beginner-s-prospecting-adventure-san-diego-county.html#post6549754). Now I am on the hunt for gems in San...
  2. Turquoise in my backyard?

    I have now found two small turquoise nuggets (~2 carats each) in my backyard, there is no history of mines in this specific area. We are near a natural lake, but in general I tend to have to travel distances in order to hunt for gems but perhaps the travel is no longer necessary... here's the...
  3. Rockhounding - Found Pegmatite with tourmalines

    Found this specimen at one of my rockhounding spots. Host matrix rock with mostly black tourmaline (schorl) inclusions, but some of the tourmalines have a little color. Think I'm going to go back tomorrow and find some more.
  4. Arsenopyrite or oxidized silver specimen

    Hey there, I hammered this piece of quartz of a 2ft wide vein cutting through schist host rock. I was prospecting in a gold producing area near shear zones. Some of the mineral showing is bright white, but most as you can see is an ashy color. When tilting against light ill get a little redish...
  5. A Beginner's Prospecting Adventure in San Diego County

    I am going to start a journal because I'm likely going to be posting a lot about my journey until I find my first Au, and the journal section seems the best place to share frequent updates without spamming the forum. Introduction - I've had no prior mining or gold panning experience - I have...
  6. Newbie Question About Gold Ore

    Hi, this is my first post! I recently got bit by the gold bug, and now all my hikes are about locating different rocks types, thinking about the geology and taking samples. Although I'm new to gold prospecting, I'm an avid hiker and know the back-country areas here in San Diego pretty well; so...
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