7CT.+ PIECE OF ROUGH
wonderful comments about this ring!! I wanted
the mount to be simple yet elegant. I can't tell
you how much I enjoy wearing it and knowing that
its from the Mine and I found it and followed
through to its completion.
As I said
before..The stone was found at the Spokane as a
7ct.+ piece of rough.(People can see earlier
pictures of the rough under "Testimonials"). It
was sent to Elliott Sher at Shergems, heat
treated in the U.S. and sent for faceting in
stone weighs 4.45 carats oval cut, a pleasing
medium blue in a white gold men's setting. It is
bezel mounted to reduce exposure to the stone
through daily use.
I don't know
if other people have attempted to have their
finds appraised. You have to find someone
competent who is willing to do this procedure. A
jeweler I talked with said there is no test for
sapphire!! All I can say is take plenty of
pictures of your finds!! Document when you found
them and where. Build a true history of your gem
finds. This is especially true if your thinking
of selling your finished gems!
again bent your ear...Yet I believe its
important for us long-distance miners to enjoy
our passion to the fullest. Be well.
Deb, We just
wanted you to know the sapphires in our photo
range from a 6.5 carrot weight to a 2.0. You can
easily spot the 6.5 in the photo. We also
enclosed a photo of out sorting table set up in
our garage. It’s designed especially for
and sorting gems. Hopefully it will inspire
others imaginations… Just got our 4th bag the
other day… we’ll keep our fingers crossed.
Cort and Becky,
Abilene Texas (formerly from Great Falls)
March 25, 2005
FACETED STONE OF 4.45 CTS
Deb....I hope this email finds you well.....
I am sending you the pix I sent back in Oct.2004
if you want to use them you are welcome
to....These are finished gems from Elliot Essher
and are from the Spokane.. and in the case of the
large blue sapphire with the dime, The Eldorado.
The sapphire faceted out to 4.45Cts.
had it set into a white gold man's ring...Lots of
good comments and great advertisement for the
The garnets are gorgeous as you can see. They go
from 4 carats on down...ovals, pears, marquis and
Nick George -
EYES POPPED WHEN I SAW THIS HUGE STONE...
I have gone thru about 2/3 of my last monster mine
bag and couldn't wait until the end of searching to
show you what i have found. I was pleased with the
nice varieies of colors including some nice red,
blue and peach colored ones I was finding in this
bag but my eyes popped when i saw this huge stone
sitting in the middle of my "light box" (a small
table lamp in a metal waste basket with an old cake
plate on top). as you can see, it is larger than the
dime and quite thick. My amateur estimate of size is
at least 25-30 carets. it is hard to see it well in
the photos. off the light it is a light
purple/amethyst color. i cannot wait until i have it
Rochester, NY -
AND FACETED SAPPHIRES
Hi Deb...I thought you'd like to see cooked and
faceted sapphires from the Mine...This was the
result of our findings since about 6 months ago. It
takes a while to get the rough cooked and then
faceted. After seeing these as the "fruits of our
mining" experiences, it is well worth it! These
stones range in carat weight from .25 to less than
.05carat. There are blue, green, yellow and pink
represented. Nature is sure wonderfully represented
at The Spokane.
faceting order should be back in August or
September. Many of those gems will be from the
Eldorado. I can't wait to see them because we sent
some larger rough of gem quality. I put the dime in
again as a reference to give a better idea of what
to expect the finished stones to look like. They
also did a great job on the garnets we included.
What struck me is how small a stone can be faceted!!
Essher and Company sure does a great job.
I want to thank
you and "The Gang" for giving us the opportunity to
experience the thrill of mining sapphires no matter
where we are...even in the Florida wetlands!!
Many of these
treasures will find there way into jewelry settings so
others may enjoy the Spokane and Eldorado gems.
Obviously I look forward to more mining
opportunities in the future. Thank you again.
A GOOD TIME
Thank you I had a good time going through the gravel.
So did everyone that came along and saw what I was
Here are stones from both the El Dorado and Spokane
mines. The big, light blue, is just under
carats. I think it is destined for a pendant. The
light yellow is 54 points, and the dark yellow (almost
a Padh, a little too yellow) is 15 points. The dark
one in the front is an interesting 1/2 carat
tricolor. I couldn't capture the beauty of it,
unfortunately. It is evenly divided, on a diagonal,
with blue, yellow in the middle, and then green.
Elliot Sher cut all of these (along with about 140
others from the bags), all the way from 5 points up
to 1.5 carats. A superb job. The first time we went
to the mine, we found a beautiful blue that cut to 40
points, which a good friend now has in her engagement
ring. Finally, that marquis cut is about 1 shade off
from being a ruby. We found one a touch darker that
our local jeweler still is undecided whether to call
it a ruby or a very dark pink sapphire. Thanks
for all the fun diggings.
BE ORDERING MORE
We ordered a Monster mine just before Christmas and
divied it up so everyone could try their hand.
Needless to say it was great fun! We found over a
hundred sapphires and several were of a respectable
size. I sent them off to be faceted and they turned out
beautiful. I will be ordering more definitely.
I updated my web site :
http://www.huntforgems.com/sapphiremt.html I have
to say WOW I just finished going through the El Dorado
Sapphire gravel bag #2 the second time, this time with
the light box and wow I found 130 more Sapphires. For a
total of 153 Sapphires from that bag. I had a great time
doing this and seeing what I missed with out the light
box. So people all ways go through your dirt more then
once. Here is a picture of them.
CORNFLOWER BLUE SAPPHIRE
I ordered some gravel
from you and I must say I had a blast going through it
all. I found one really nice sized cornflower blue
sapphire. I can't find the paperwork that came with my
order so I am hoping that you can tell me what I can do
with this marvelous find. I went to your testimonials
and the one under M. George looks to be just a tad
smaller than the one that I found. If you could please
either give me the information again by email or tell me
where I could get it cut and about what it might cost, I
sure would appreciate it. Thanks and be looking for
another order from me in the near future.
WELL WORTH THE
I have ordered
three bags and three elf boxes and have been totally
delighted. My daughter and her friends are now hooked as
well. I think it's a great price for the hours of fun it
is for all of us. We think we have had good success and I
will forward you some pictures soon. We will be ordering
Happy Holidays to you
all. I've gone through my gravel the first time and
found 71 Sapphires from the El Dorado gravel and 18
Sapphires from your
gravel. I'm building a light box to go through the gravels
again to see what
I have missed. I also ordered 3 more gravel bags of the El
in hopes of finding a nice facet-able one. I'll send
pictures when I'm done.
You can view my report on the gravels at my web site.
I thought ya'll
would like to see some pictures of some of the larger
sapphires and garnets I've found in my monster mines and
are over a carat or two. I haven't had any of them
appraised or faceted, but I imagine some are worth some
Deb, I thought you might like to see the first 2 hours
work. The dark one is 10mm x 5mm and has violet tint. The
long blue on is 10mm x 4mm We also have 60crts being
processed from the first 2 bags. Stay warm, they say that
storm is going to hit us tonight.
daughter who is 9 went through the Elf Bag this morning.
This is the result largest 5mm x 2mm. Total 7 sapphires 11
I was also noticing that so
far we have just found 5 pieces of garnet 2 nice ones, but
we are looking for sapphires. If more nice ones are found
I will send pics. Hope to get another bag after the New
John & Josette Crawford
AM SOOOO HOOKED!
I have ordered several times from you and I am SOOOO
hooked. I don't know the sizes of these stones but
as you can see, there are more than half that I believe
are at least 1 carat or larger. I cannot believe the fun
and the excitement.
I have included some pics for you to show on the site if
you care to. Thanks for the adventure,
you'd like to see what came from the first El-Dorado
shipment. The largest stone fits over the head on a dime(
7.9 carats rough - cornflower blue)....The rest of the
rough is comparable to shipments from the Spokane in size
and number. My overall impression is to order another
E-Mine and give it another try. The second picture is with
the larger sapphire amongst the total find from the
FUN THAN A BARREL OF MONKEYS"
We received our sack of sapphire gravel and went to work
on it right away. As near as I can tell we went
through the sack three times and found many promising
stones to cut for jewelry. We had more fun than a
barrel of monkeys. Thanks again and we will
probably be ordering another bag here shortly.
Here is a picture of what we found.
MOST RECENT ORDER"
Dear Russ and Deb Thompson,
We thought we'd share
our sapphire find with you. These are only a few of what
we found in the last order of gravel we received. Thanks
for all the excitement.
Jim and Kathy Cavins
"33 SAPPHIRES AND
Dear Deb, I just wanted to report to you that
I finally got around to sorting my second 3.5 gallon
sapphire gravel. I feel like a pro now. I
carefully washed and examined with two sets of eyes and
found more in this bag than the first. I found 18
sapphires and 4 garnets in the first bag. This bag
netted at least:
14 green sapphires
19 light blue to light purple sapphires
34 maybes (the experts will have to look at these, I
suspect they are quartz)
One of the green ones is a really nice size and very
clear. My second set of eyes found that one. He is a ten
year old boy named Joel. He was so excited. I
think he is hooked! He is going to have it cut, mounted
and then give it to his mom. How sweet.
The garnets this time were better looking, but still a
little on the small side. I'll order some more gravel in
a little while. Thanks for the fun and keep up the good
Dan Bovinich, Rochester Hills, Michigan
"DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH"
Hi Deb, Just
a quick note to let you know that the Monster mine we
purchased from you guys has really paid off!....
Here is the news of our haul: the Ruby came in at 3.79
Carats and is going for faceting here in Edmonton. We
also have found 43.12 carats of gem quality sapphires
so far ranging from 0.23 on up to 0.83 carats. We have
four that are well over the carat, one is almost 4
carats but it is cracked and the others are a little
there are a number of smaller rubies that total out at
6.51 carats. Plus, (and this is the kicker) there is a
0.93 carat totally clear stone that everyone is
confident is an actual diamond in the rough.
So Deb, without showing
too much enthusiasm, I can tell you that we not only
had a blast when we came to your place, we keep on
having it each night when we got home as we panned the
balance out and it sure paid dividends. I still cannot
believe that all of this came out of that single 3 1/2
Gallon pail. Truly astounding!!!!
If you need any kind of
testimonial, I will add this for you. I have just
moments ago returned from our Favorite Jewel Store and
showed them to the guys there. We have dealt with them
for over 30 years and trust their judgment. They are
sure that some of the clear stones are in fact
diamonds. They are absolutely sure that the 3.79 Ruby
is indeed a Ruby. They scoped it and did what they do
to check and said that it passed all the tests as
being a Ruby.
If you require a
shorter, more to the point Testimonial, just ask and
it will be done. Donna and I had a great time and I am
here to tell you that we will be back and have
actually been asked to pick up a bag or two for some
friends. Hunting season will keep me here also, when
the Elk are in Rut and the Moose are also, I am in the
woods calling and doing my "guy thing," as the wife
calls it.......being one with the trees!
See you soon. Ron
& Donna Arnold
Thanks for all the fun. Attached is a
picture or my recent monster mine find and I split it
with a friend; half each.
J. Wilcox, firstname.lastname@example.org
Hi Deb n Russ, This is Great, I recently had
the good fortune of splitting a monster mine with my
friend Jeff Wilcox. I had the best time going through
them, finding several sapphires plus lots of other
cool things. Here is a pix of what I have found so
far. To see more pictures go to:
Lucky searching.......John Smith
Sugar Hill, N.H.
August 9, 2003
"WAITING FOR OUR
Hi Deb, We are enjoying the monster mines - we
are waiting for our 3rd bag to arrive! We didn't know
exactly what to look for at first (as most do not I am
sure) but when the first blue sapphire appeared we
were hooked! We are planning a trip to Montana - all
the way from Massachusetts- to do some digging this
just a few gems and fossils that we found. We will
happily share stories if anyone wants to email us.
Pat & Ellen,
I'm hooked!!! I've just ordered my second Monster
Mine and I can hardly wait until it arrives!!! You
had me when I saw that first, beautiful gleaming blue
stone staring up at me from my table. From that
moment on all I could think about was sifting through
my rocks! My friends all thought I was crazy when I
told them that I had ordered my husband a bag of rocks
for his birthday, that is until I showed them the
results of our labors! It was so much fun and so
exciting! Almost every scoop of rocks that I sorted
through had something in it! Many had two or three
stones, and some of them are extraordinarily
beautiful! I can't wait to get them faceted but I
don't want to part with them just yet...
I'm going to try
scanning them this weekend so that I can send you a
picture of my loot! If there's anyone out there who's
debating on whether to order or not, I say do not
hesitate! The Monster Mine was was everything that I
hoped it would be and soooo much more! Anyone who
wants to write to me about it is more than welcome
to! My address is
July 30, 2003
"20 SAPPHIRES TOTALING
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. My husband just said to tell you also, he
appreciated the guy who concentrated the gravel for us, he really was very
nice and very informative. We just found the trip all around great and I
thought I'd let you know that. Have a good evening.
"BETTER THAN POTATO CHIPS"
The first Monster Mine was so enjoyable, I'm ordering a
second! It's hard to stop with just one. For a "rockhound",
it's better than potato chips! One other good thing that makes
it better than the potato chips is "no calories!" Take
care and thanks.