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 Post subject: Vein mining
PostPosted: Mon Apr 27, 2009 11:28 am 
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Went digging for amethyst and smokey's on thursday and did pretty well. Dug all day in the heat and hit some pretty good stuff. i will post pics of some of the other stuff I found later. i can only clean one piece at a time since they are so big. i only have 1 tub large enough to hold just one piece at a time.

Here is a picture of the decompsed vein where the crystals are found. Notice the white clay above the vein and the black indicated the vein..there is a strong delineation between the vein and surrounding rock/dirt.
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The vein travels at at around a 50 degree downward angle
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Downwards is never good..means tougher digging
Here is the bottom of the vein where it starts to pinch out
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Here is one of the pieces I pulled out uncleaned with a black manganese coating on it. need to soak in acid to get that off.
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here it is partially cleaned. you can see there still is some black that needs to come off. This will be a spectacular piece as the smokey amethyst(slight purple color in some of the crystals) will completely be surrounded by the snow white druzy quartz. It weighs something like 40 pounds(have not weighed it yet only guesstimation) That's my dad holding the crystal plate
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COOL find Jason! :D

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Oh WOW

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WOW that is :smt042 i like :smt112 i would love to see whats going on inside that piece

all that digging really paid off for that piece :wink: congrads !!


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Wowzers! Nice find!!!


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Here are some more of the uncleaned ones..some of them will turn out to be real good


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These are all clusters..these are some of my favorites as they sit well up on a shelf and a lot of the times these will have phantoms in them
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These are all single crystals of ammy or smokey
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Holy cow... why can't I live near an amethyst mine? ;) I'll have to settle for Benitoite.


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This is where you feel like a little kid and put your hand up.

"Pick me pick me". :P

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I just want to go sleep over and camp out in amethyst guys garage to see all those treasures :smt026 , i like the final results of all the hard work :? not the actual work to get them :oops:


Now if its pick me , pick me , to go play with the treasures after they have been found :wink: i may have to trip you mehoose to get there first but i'll let others do the diggin, anyone ? gem-n00b


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Another one fresh out the acid bath
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A couple cleaned ones I just pulled out the bath
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Those are really pretty Jason.

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What did you use to clean those up? bath wise??

Karim, we are going to have to wait a long time to hit the dallas mine.. that whole area is an off limits superfund site due to airborne asbesto's from the open pit a few miles north.. if you google earth the site, it's that big white scar on the landscape.. lord knows when they are going to get around to that....

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I use oxalic acid. The dallas site will not be open anytime soon. They moved a bunch of material off the site and are havings digs at another property. The first benitoite dig was last weekend. If you need any more info about it let me know and I will ask one of the investors

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brimsjewelry wrote:
Those are really pretty Jason.


yeps, agree, nice specimens :D
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