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0 Replies and 1059 Views Northern idaho  1059  0 Started by Hello, I'm new to gold panning and wanted to try the claim by French Mountain. Has anyone been there I have had trouble finding it. Thanks, shawn
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08 Nov 2023 10:29 PM
2 Replies and 8870 Views What is it  8870  2 Started by Found a rock that looked like a dog turd with a piece of black shiny glass showing out of one end, cleaned off sand stone from around it,have taken it to all local jeweler no one can identify it,some one gave it to me years ago and I don’t know where it came from,where could I find out ,wish I could post pictures
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by  UWE KACKSTAETTERJump to last post
22 Mar 2022 11:31 AM
3 Replies and 1956 Views Identification  1956  3 Started by i own property out in Tonopah, Az.these green rocks are all over my property.i habw more to identify but dont have pics yet. Does anyone know for sure what the rock ismany different shades of green.some very vibrant grassy green when wet.i have 2 the size of baseballs off my property and tons of smaller ones. also, any books specifically of AZ rock identificationthe book i have doesnt cover my area specifically. and another question.where around the Phoenix area can i fin...
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by  UWE KACKSTAETTERJump to last post
22 Mar 2022 11:29 AM
6 Replies and 2788 Views Black rock with crystals  2788  6 Started by In regards to a topic I was reading that I cannot seem to comment on of some black rocks some members are finding in the desert I have a black rock very solid hard and heavy full of crystals some Jewelers that I took it to cannot seem to tell me what it is the whole Rock does have clarity but it's not asidian it looks like a Black Rock full of crystals and it's very hard only when a piece is broken off and put over a bright light you can see the clarity it's almost like it's a black diamond
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by  UWE KACKSTAETTERJump to last post
22 Mar 2022 11:21 AM
8 Replies and 70497 Views Rock Hound State Park Arizona  70497  8 Started by Has anyone been to Rock Hound State Park near Deming Arizona What is the best time of year to visit Did you find anything
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by  Gary WhitedJump to last post
04 Jan 2022 12:09 AM
3 Replies and 3771 Views Forrest Fenn Treasure  3771  3 Started by . . . . so I have a book that will do just that. Save you a bunch of money to help you find the treasure Forrest Fenn Hid. Some are looking in Yellowstone, it's not there, but the book and find out why instead of throwing away thousands of dollars to find out why just that answer alone. There are many other good reasons to put out just a few tiny bucks to find treasure but it's also a good read I've been told.
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by  David HayJump to last post
22 Sep 2021 11:17 PM
2 Replies and 3363 Views Metal detecting for meteorites  3363  2 Started by I have a F75 and a Minelab Equinox. The Etrac is too heavy to swing all day but it is great at old campsites and dumps. I want to metal detect Meteorites and rock hunt. Its been suggested a national forest here in New Mexico. Does any one actually hunt National Forrest Also is there a reference within claim for meteorite hunting say in New Mexico and Arizona Last, what is the Equinox with a small coil able to actually find gold nugget wise
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by  Anthony MannJump to last post
28 Apr 2021 03:28 PM
23 Replies and 48462 Views Crater of Diamonds  48462  23 Started by
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If you are passing through or planning a special trip, Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro, Arkansas is always fun.  Whether you surface search or dig deep, the likelihood of finding a diamond is actually pretty good.  Here are a few that I found.   I usually try to dig deep, wash a lot of gravel and take my concentrates home for further inspection.    
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by  ROBERT HOBDYJump to last post
02 Mar 2021 08:25 PM
0 Replies and 1395 Views Bautista 1 and 2  1395  0 Started by had a great time exploring and rock hounding Bautista claim 1 and 2..found a variety of minerals ...including: white onyx.. red garnet cluster...lepidolite....i think...purple semi transparent stone...gem quality silica...small garnets in the wash were plentiful...i think i have one rock with gold in it but not sure i will have to test it...lotsa mica out there...the claim has changed a lot from the big flood from last winter there are plenty of big granite boulders right by the road now that...
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13 Oct 2020 11:07 PM
4 Replies and 79316 Views So-Cal Gold and gems  79316  4 Started by Just moved to the San Diego area and was hoping for some info reguarding locations to find gems, or even gold. all help is greatly appreciated.
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by  James EhrhartJump to last post
27 Jul 2020 01:30 AM
3 Replies and 3212 Views Youperlight rock found at GPAA claim  3212  3 Started by My grandson found a Youperlight rock specimen using a long-wave UV light this weekend. As far as I know this is the first discovery of this mineral combo rock outside of Michigan and Wisconsin. This palm sized rock has a fire orange streak on one side and the pinpoint blue 'stars' on the reverse. Not a bad start for a 9 year olds first prospecting trip with Grandpa. Richard 'B-man' Cordes Edit: this was found at the Swank west claim...BTW.
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by  Bennett HelgersonJump to last post
10 Jun 2020 03:21 PM
0 Replies and 1685 Views Payson, Arizona  1685  0 Started by Hey everyone! I just wanted to let everyone know, that I had a fellow rockhounder ask me a question on my Instagram about Payson, Arizona and if you can go rock-hounding there or if there's any legends. I took it upon myself to do some research about the area and wanted to share my findings with you all. I talk about the legends, history and geology of Payson, Arizona. Here is my podcast link if you want to check it out! :) Just copy and paste in your browser!
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17 Apr 2020 11:41 PM
1 Replies and 2638 Views Polishing rocks  2638  1 Started by I have very limited knowledge of rocks. A friend asked about a tumbler. I see the barrel type but I was wondering. Will a tumbler for cleaning gun casings work I have a Lyman Pro Magnum 2500 Turbo style that has a tub on the top and vibrates vs a drum that rolls. What material do you use inside to polish the rock Is it different than what they use for Brass Thanks I do not know if you can attach pictures to posts
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by  Kenneth SwinefordJump to last post
17 Apr 2020 04:09 PM
0 Replies and 1891 Views Mineral jig recommendations?  1891  0 Started by I’m looking for a small, portable, 1 man mineral jig to use hunting sapphires... any recommendations on a company carrying something along those lines, or someone selling a used one Thank you!! Jase
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11 Dec 2019 02:25 PM
0 Replies and 3241 Views HIGH GRADE Gold Ore Auction Dec. 14-15 in Riverside County CA  3241  0 Started by You are invited to a once in a lifetime opportunity to bid on exclusive HIGH GRADE gold ore from one of the richest gold mines in the United States this December 14th and 15th at Ritchie Brothers Auctioneers at 765 W. Rider St, Perris, CA 92571. Based on our own historical assay reports the ore consists of gold as high as 132 troy oz. per metric ton. Contact Jesse Peter for copies of the assay report at 909-536-4512 or Also you can set up a time to assay the ore you...
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30 Nov 2018 11:02 AM
2 Replies and 20804 Views good book  20804  2 Started by I am looking for a good book for beginners to help identify rocks and gems suggestions please thanks  Chris
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by  Chris TerryJump to last post
28 Oct 2018 06:22 AM
0 Replies and 3007 Views rock hounding groups in arkansas  3007  0 Started by  Looking for rockhounding groups around Clarksville arkansas.
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11 Jan 2018 12:12 PM
4 Replies and 64523 Views Bautista Canyon Claims, Hemet, CA  64523  4 Started by I went out to Bautista Canyon to the claims and found these when sampling some areas.
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by  Chad BraceJump to last post
06 Oct 2017 01:29 PM
5 Replies and 14821 Views Colorado Gem Prospecting questions  14821  5 Started by I don't expect anyone to spill all their secrets.  I'm just wanting a point in the right direction.  I want my travels from South Dakota to be worth my while.  I appreciate any info.  I usually travel to the Front Range.  Boulder to Colorado Springs area.   much thanks, Jon
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by  TIM LEIBELJump to last post
30 Aug 2017 07:18 AM
4 Replies and 23501 Views Need Advice on Education and How to learn to identify  23501  4 Started by Hey All-  Long time lurker seldom poster here...   I tried to do a search but came up with very little so I figure I should just come on out and ask.   Where in the vast collection of data do you all learn to spot these gemstones in the raw  Does anyone have the 'GO TO' guide for field ID  Anyone you can suggest on Youtube  A Favored DVD   I figure I should learn this since the places I end up able to dig I would have better chance in getting a g...
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by  WARREN WYMANJump to last post
07 Aug 2017 08:42 PM
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