Thanks for putting the pic of our nieces and nephews on your testimonials page!
As an introduction to the kids, I had put together this graphic.
I showed up back in the first week of December and bought two bags to “go” and dug one bucket of my own from the top of the hill. Then bin January we ordered 4 bags, 2 each from Spokane Bar and 2 each from El Dorado and did all our mining at home. The 7.2 carat came from the bucket along with a bunch of small BB’s – most of the green rough came from the ElDorado bags and the other colors came from the Sapphire Bar. El Dorado stones were larger, Sapphire Bar stones prettier.
In that picture there are 8 rows of 11 each and then there are approximately 15 or so garnets at the bottom. We also picked out a bag of “B-B’s” as I called them, there were 125 small ones in there of quite a few colors, mostly blue and green with a few pinks, and a couple that are yellow.
So from 6 bags and one hand dug bucket we “mined” approximately 88 Sapphires with the largest being a green 7.2 carat rough – the total carat weight for all of the sapphires excluding the bag of BB’s was 110 carats in the rough – the 125 BB’s of which a good portion can be faceted had a carat weight of 20.
We ordered a monster mine bag and made some light tables for our nieces and nephews to have a Christmas Gem Hunting party. The kids had a terrific time, the adults had a great time too, and everyone had some great finds! Please find attached a picture of the kids with their gems.
My wife and I just wanted to drop a note of thanks to Spokanne Bar Sapphire Mine for enabling such wonderful memories with our family. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Chris and Pam Czernel
I got a box of rocks a few months ago and found some stones and i’m not sure what they are. I have since lost the coupon, so i was trying to find out the cost and procedures for sending them to your for identification. I see the brochure but wasn’t sure if that wasContinue reading »
I just recently got my stones back from Rocky and I have a lot of nice ones in there. I showed them to a jeweler friend of mine and he said that I have 1- Rhodolite Garnet, 48 facets, .60 carrots oval 1- Pyrope garnet, 46 facets, .27 carrots square 1-pyrope garnet, 45 facets, .45Continue reading »
Well, I made it through my El Dorado bag … some interesting finds. I’m attaching pictures, but will also be sending my goodies to Deb to have her take a look over, as I suspect some of what I saved is probably just quartz or something else (plus me not knowing what I’m looking at halfContinue reading »
By chance, my parents were in So. Cal visiting my wife and I over the past few days. We showed them the pictures and even had about 2 cups of rough gravel that we wanted to check out with them present. We showed them how it is all done and yes, we did find aContinue reading »
I’d be happy to share my photos with what ever you wanted to do with them. I think (even though, they are not cut, and all), they look great. Maybe I will get request, out there in LA, for some of my jewels, just kidding………………but it is different.Here are a few more pictures. I loveContinue reading »
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