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Purchase sapphire gravel to 'mine' sapphires from the comfort of your own home. Makes a great gift idea!

find sapphires?...

Dear Russ and Deb Thompson,
"Hello, this is Deana. My husband Clay, my girls and my obnoxious dog as well as myself were there this past Monday and Tuesday. I just thought I'd drop you a brief line to let you know that we found 20 sapphires totaling 38 carats, many of them 2 carats and over. We had a great time! I really enjoyed myself. Thanks you."  Deana

So, does EVERYONE find sapphires in their shipment of gravel?

"We don't go through each unit we ship and check to make sure each has at least one sapphire stone in it.  That would be impossible." says Deb Thompson, owner.  "However, stories like the one above are normal and common."

Will we be able to order from you as often as we wish?

 "Yes," says Deb Thompson, owner.  "Unless the sapphires run out.  This is a natural deposit and there is no guarantee that it will last for 10 years.  We continue to ship gravels out while the natural deposit lasts.  When it is all gone, it is all gone.  Get your orders in before that time."

Faceting is the process of taking a raw stone, such as sapphire, and turning it into what you and I think of when we think of gems.



sapphire gems in the raw as you might find them in your sapphire gravels sapphire gems that have been faceted and polished
Here is a sample of what large sapphire stones look like in the raw. Here is a sample of what sapphires look like once they have been cleaned, polished, and faceted.

You are welcome to send your rough stones to Deb for grading first before sending to the facetor.  If you provide a self addressed stamped return envelop, Deb will grade your stones free (presently), identify them, and let you know which ones would be worth finishing -then return them to you in the envelop you provide.

There has been some difficulty discerning quartz from sapphires - which is normal.  But we use the scale, hardness test, or bounce test to distinguish the subtle differences.  The facetor does not grade rocks like Deb can.  Deb can identify the different minerals and as a cutter herself, can tell which gems have a chance at turning out good.  Some fractures can be ground away and a good stone still salvaged.  Others are poor to begin with and not worth the time or effort.
A light table is helpful in sorting your sapphire gravel.  Quartz and agate are very common.  Sapphires can be sparse and easily overlooked.  At times the sapphires can be coated with calcium carbonate or iron that makes them difficult to see.  If you think there are no sapphires left, be sure and look again.  Broad sunlight and water are still the best way to sort through the sapphire gravel.  And, this is about the only way to spot gold nuggets.
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