RockHound Job

Filed under: Geology Job,regular postings — Gary November 29, 2011 @ 7:39 am

This seems like a dream job :)

Recruiting a QUALIFIED Crystal Digger to work full-time with us at our mines in the Patagonia Mountains of ARIZONA.

Thank You, Gary, As in the traditions of Ed Over, Art Montgomery, John Oliver, etc. We are seeking dedicated artisan miners with experience in digging and patiently extracting (among other minerals): quartz, gem specie, and micro rarities, etc. Self-starters, independent ambitious hard-working, with realistic awareness of the mineral trade, willingness to spend time afield as well as doing specimen processing and sales, attending trade shows, etc. along with Full-Time mining with Timeless Mining Company working favorably decomposed deposits primarily by hand-tools. Equipment experience a plus, but not required; miners with tools, vehicle, camping gear, ability to be self-supporting, wanted. Whiners and those with ‘gold psychosis’ need not apply. Miners may benefit directly and receive the Finder’s Fee or nominate a recipient or club to recieve the reward specimens. Disabled Veterans are welcome. After attending gem shows like Tucson [one hour from our mines] many adventurous prospectors & mineral collectors wish for such opportunity with one of the well known domestic gem & specimen mines displaying at the show, or in this case, a NEW MINE going into production. Our big discovery simply means another new mining crew & many collectors will be part of mineralogical history in our small part of The New American Gem & Gold Rush.

We are asking the ‘grapevine’ to pass the word: for recruiting a QUALIFIED Crystal Digger to work full-time with us at our mines in the Patagonia Mountains of ARIZONA. Our MINING CAMP is open for reservations, large club groups are welcome; We need at least FOUR MINERS, two ATV’s and several mineral dealers to market our production. We offer Joint Venture Agreements. IF YOU SEND ME A MINER who works out, you get the Finder’s Fee, and the miners get a LIFETIME OF FULL-TIME WORK and shares. Call Frank @ 520-255-3830, or David, @ 520-604-1229 Timeless Mining Company 542 Harshaw Road, Patagonia, AZ 85624

They have asked when you call to tell them Gary at RockHoundBlog told you about this dream job/ opportunity.

Thanks, Gary-

Abandoned Mine Shafts – Beware!

Filed under: RockHound Safety — Gary November 16, 2011 @ 12:53 am

A lesson to everyone.  Please be careful…

Nevada mine shaft

Man who fell 190ft into Nevada mine shaft dies after rescuers abandon attempts to save him
A man who was injured after plunging 190 feet into a rural Nevada mine shaft has died – after an attempt to rescue him while he was still alive was called off.

U.S. Bureau of Land Management spokesman Doran Sanchez says the 28-year-old man, from Battle Mountain, Nevada, was pronounced dead at 12:30pm on Friday by the Pershing County officials.
But federal officials did not release information about the man’s fate until Saturday afternoon.
Authorities say the mine shaft was so treacherous that they abandoned efforts to reach him, even though they had evidence that he was still alive.

Rescuers called off attempts to save a man, who has not yet been identified, after he accidentally fell into part of Murphy’s Mine Complex in Jersey Valley, Nevada, on Wednesday.
A video camera determined the man was still breathing, but there was no movement. A priest had been called to give the last rites.
JoLynn Worley, also from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, said: ‘The mine is so unstable that walls were crumbling and rocks were hitting rescuers on the head when they tried to reach him.
‘They’re people who will make every effort to save someone, but they really can’t get to him. It would endanger the lives of rescuers.
‘It appears that due to the hazardous and dangerous conditions of that shaft, the rescue efforts were stopped.’

The footage showed he had suffered serious head injuries. Images taken on Thursday night revealed he had been moving his hands.
Rescuers from sheriff’s offices in Pershing and Landers counties, as well as teams from the Newmont Mining Corporation, Washoe County and the U.S. Navy have been trying to locate him.
Several descended into the shaft, but were not able to reach the man.

Authorities kept monitoring the shaft until the man stopped breathing, Ms Worley said.

‘I know some of his family members were out there,’ she added.
The man was working in the area with a geothermal drilling crew and had visited the shaft with two friends while off duty.

It is among 10 such openings in the Murphy’s Mine Complex in Pershing County, which was originally worked around 1895 and was last worked in 1945.

Between 265,000 and 310,000 abandoned mine shafts and openings are scattered across Nevada. Federal and state agencies have an ongoing advertising campaign urging the public to stay away from them.
Around 50,000 of them have been identified as the most hazardous, but the shaft where the man fell was not among them, Ms Worley said.

Authorities have been closing shafts that pose the most danger near towns and recreation sites.

She said: ‘People’s curiosity sometimes gets the best of them.
‘These were way out in the middle of nowhere where few people would venture.’

How Granite Is Mined and Processed

Filed under: Video — Gary @ 12:44 am

Interesting videos on Granite-


The Gem & Mineral Society of the Palm Beaches

Filed under: Club Rollcall (hello's),Coming Events — Gary @ 12:10 am

A shout out to the Gem and Mineral Society of Palm Beaches.  They have been around since the 60′s and going strong!

The Gem & Mineral Society of the Palm Beaches has a rich history starting from 1966. This rich history is documented in
scrapbooks and photo albums from the beginning to present. The “Big Book” along with several photo albums are
available for viewing at the club meetings.

Show info:

The Gem and Mineral Society of the Palm Beaches will hold its 45th Annual Gem, Mineral, Bead, Jewelry, and Fossil Show November 19-20th at the Americraft Expo Center East on the South Florida Fair Grounds 9067 Southern Boulevard, West Palm Beach.  Hours are Saturday 9:00 am – 6:00 pm; Sunday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm.
Dealers from all over the country will offer merchandise ranging from fine jewelry, southwestern Indian jewelry, beaded jewelry, loose beads, rocks, minerals for specimen collecting and cutting, loose precious and semi-precious gemstones, settings and findings, fossils, meteorites, tools, books, and more.
The show offers a wide range of educational activities and exhibits.  A number of classes are being offered and students will be able to take home a finished product in these beginner’s classes.  Demonstrations by society members include faceting, cabachon making, chain making, and bead stringing.  Hourly door prizes will be awarded and a Scholarship fundraising raffle will be held.   Attendees will be able to dig for fossils, mine for gemstones and have geodes cut.
For more information and a money-saving entrance coupon go to:

The Gem & Mineral Society of the Palm Beaches holds regular
meetings on the third Thursday of each month.

We hold our meetings at the Palm Beach Garden Club,
located at 4800 Dreher Trail North, West Palm Beach, FL 33405
It’s directly across from the South Florida Science Museum in
Dreher Park.

Meetings begin at 7:30pm, and usually last until 9:30.

Our meetings include a business session and a program on a
subject relating to our earth science hobby, with a break for
refreshments in between. The program may include
demonstrations, slide shows, videos, auctions, show & sell, or
lectures on various subjects.
Past programs have included

  • Florida Black Coral
  • The Ancient Art of Chainmaile
  • Ruck’s Pit
  • Crystalography
  • Flourescent Minerals

Everyone is welcome to attend the monthly meeting, but if you want to
take advantage of all the club has to offer, you should become a member!
As a member, you will have access to:

  • A fully stocked lapidary workshop including:  3 different sized rock
    saws, full range of cabbing and polishing wheels, faceting equipment, a
    flat lap and more! (Certification needed to use some machines.)

  • Classes taught by skilled club members.

  • Monthly newsletter, “The Rockhound”.
  • Check out some issues on the newsletter page.

  • Informational programs at our monthly meetings

  • Social picnics, member show and sells

  • Field trips to collecting sites

Sacramento Mineral Society Gem Show Review

Filed under: regular postings — Gary November 15, 2011 @ 11:39 pm

I came across this blog and wanted to share it.  Looks like it just started back in August 2011.  Interesting gem show review…

I will contact Stephan and ask if I can do a bio on him and his blog.  In the mean time enjoy his review-

Click here for blog/review.

Sharing the stage on which auction takes place, is the skeleton of a Siberian cave bear (approximately 50,000-70,000 years old).  It is on display courtesy of Applegate Lapidary, and is the last time this skeleton will be shown to the public.

Rockhound Movies!

Filed under: Coming Events,Rockhound Movies — Gary @ 12:01 pm

The Culver City Rock and Mineral Club invites you to join them at their next monthly meeting and presentation “Bryan Swoboda, Blue Cap Productions”.

Bryan Swoboda, president of Blue Cap Productions, will be our speaker. Bryan literally grew up with mining in California and remembers “running in the pitch-black tunnels of the Queen Mine” which belonged to his father, Edward Swoboda. Bryan produces mineral-related films like “What’s Hot in Tuscon 2011″ and was recently in Munich filming. His new series of films “The New Crystal Hunters” shows kids how exciting and rewarding mineral collecting can be. The series currently has three episodes: Pala, CA; Arkansas for Crater of Diamonds and quartz; and Smoky Hawk, Colorado for smoky quartz and amazonite.

Culver City Rock and Mineral Club
Multi Purpose Room in the back of the Veterans Memorial Building
4117 Overland Avenue at the Corner of Culver Boulevard.
General Meetings are free and open to non-members
November 14, 2011 7:30pm – 9:30pm

For more information visit the Club’s website at

Please check out this great cause.  They are giving away dvd’s to kids who are interested!

With this new DVD we’re hoping to show other kids how exciting and rewarding mineral collecting can be. Our goal is to put a FREE copy of this DVD into the hands of every kid who wants one but we need your help. Please consider helping out by making a generous donation of DVDs to help our next generation.

Free rockhound DVD's

Geology DVD's

The New Crystal Hunters was created out of an idea Bryan Swoboda, President of BlueCap Productions, had to create a kid-centric video program that would get kids excited about mineral collecting.

“Everyone I talk to seems to say the same thing. That this hobby desperately needs an infusion of new blood – the next generation – to keep it going.” says Bryan.

“I was incredibly fortunate when I was a kid because I got to grow up with one of the grand-daddies of the hobby – my father Edward Swoboda. I remember running through the pitch-black tunnels of the Queen Mine when I was a child with nothing more than a candle and the certainty that I was about to find Tom Sawyer’s treasure. That sense of adventure, searching and discovery is one of the things that makes this hobby so great. We can’t let that slip away. Sit in a room with a bunch of passionate collectors and just listen to the stories they share. It’s better than any adventure show on television especially because you know it’s real!”

“The more I got involved in putting together mineral-related films, the more I kept hearing about the lack of new kids in this hobby. I’ve spent a lot of time working with kids and putting together special programs for them so I figured that maybe there was something I could do. That’s when I decided that if BlueCap Productions is going to be working in this hobby, it needs to do its part in helping to fix this problem.”

Prior to starting BlueCap Productions, Bryan started and ran a non-profit organization that helped kids fighting cancer. This organization put together, financed and filmed international, nature-based, adventure trips that would be taken by young cancer survivors. These young survivors would use the film to reach out to kids currently facing cancer, share their stories of survival and give them hope for the future

Bryan’s passion for empowering kids has never left him and it was with great excitement that The New Crystal Hunters was born.

Bakersfield California’s 11th Annual ROCK AND GEM RENDEZVOUS 2012

Filed under: Coming Events — Gary November 14, 2011 @ 10:40 am

Bakersfield California’s 11th Annual
Kern County Shrine’s
700 South P. Street
Bakersfield, California
Friday , Saturday and Sunday
March 16th , 17th and 18th 2012
Friday 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.
Saturday 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.
Sunday 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.

Demonstrations through out the show on sphere making, cabochon
making, silversmithing ,wire wrapping ,mining, gold panning , knapping, Hands on geology and much more for children and adults to do.
Grab Bags , Wheel Of Fortune,
End of Show Raffle for great Prizes
Tickets$1.00 each
We will have a silent auction, with many great pieces of material
The General Store with many unusual gifts
Dealers from all over the U.S. & abroad selling many unique and unusual gifts from Mother Earth.
Dry Camp Available for club and visitors Indoor bathroom .***
For information about the Rendezvous or our becoming a vendor
Please call Lewis M. Helfrich
(661)323-2663 or e-mail me at or
We have a variety of out door spaces available to meet your needs from 12‘x 12‘ to 50‘x 50‘ and larger. There are dry camp facilities available or you prefer or special rates have for our show at a motel .