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 on: June 17, 2018, 08:55:15 PM 
Started by Jhon P - Last post by vitzitziltecpatl
Good variety of colors there. Thanks for the info.

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 on: June 17, 2018, 04:47:49 PM 
Started by Jhon P - Last post by Redrummd
They are just now getting some of this new Jasper listed on Ebay.  Do a search for caldera jasper and you will find the listings.

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 on: June 17, 2018, 04:30:53 PM 
Started by Jhon P - Last post by Redrummd
Here are photos of some slabs of the Caldera Paint Jasper I have cut and marked for doing knife scales with!

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 on: June 17, 2018, 04:28:41 PM 
Started by Jhon P - Last post by Redrummd
Okay, here are some photos of my share of the Caldera Paint Jasper, Badger Den Jasper and Gary Green jasper rough we brought back on this trip, probably 600 to 700 pounds!

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 on: June 17, 2018, 03:47:32 PM 
Started by Jhon P - Last post by socalagatehound
Thanks, Michael!

Even though I'm now scratching McDermitt off of my trip list, I wish Dale all of the luck in the world. I hope he finds killer material in every spot so we can buy it from him.

Hope he finds some Purple Cow with deep purple swirls.  :headbang:

And maybe a bunch of Amy Sage with dendritic scenes highlighted with bright purple.  :headbang:

You can place my order now... :drool:

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 on: June 17, 2018, 11:13:54 AM 
Started by Jhon P - Last post by Redrummd
Here is the link to the Caldera Paint Jasper photos from knives I have already done with this stone.  At the time it had not yet been identified as a "new" stone.

http://lapidaryforum.net/group/index.php?topic=3240.msg24955#msg24955

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 on: June 17, 2018, 10:55:00 AM 
Started by Jhon P - Last post by Redrummd
Okay - Now for the absolute correct story directly from the mine owner - Dale.  The Gary Green location has been under private ownership since the 1800's.  Everyone just thought it was BLM land as the previous owners didn't care about the stone and probably liked having the "trails" (roads) kept clear.

Dale bought basically the entire upper loop from the actual owners and it is his PRIVATE land so even driving to the Gary Green site is trespassing and he has the road posted noting it is private property now down by the red tailings cone from the old mercury mine.

The new mine is the Caldera mining company property.

Many months ago I had posted instructions to a spot on the Gary Green site that was lower and yielding gemmy stone that was not really green.  I posted photos of the material and noted that 90% was junk but the 10% that was great was really something. 

Well guess what - This is the new Caldera mine now and it is a 60 foot wide layer BELOW the Gary Green.  The new Jasper is called Caldera Paint Jasper and they are selling some of the best they are digging out of the new Rock Shop/ bulk storage on Lasa Road which is the 2nd marked road on the left south of the Gas station/Store in McDermitt.

They have Gary Green and the new Caldera Paint Jasper for $5.00 a pound, Blue Mountain nodules (Priced from $8. to $25.00 a pound) and the red Moss Agate filled "79" Thunder Eggs which can run as big as 40 pounds for $4.00 a pound.

At the prices he is selling for - you could not drive out and dig the stone if you even value your time at $2.00 to $4.00 an hour!

I will see if I can find my prior post about the Caldera Paint Jasper and link it to this post.  Today I am unloading and I will post some photos of both the quality of the Gary Green and Caldera Paint Jasper as let just say I have enough for my needs to last decades.  My partner has known the property owner since the owner was in college and my partner is 75 years old.

In fact, the Badger Den Jasper I and my partner have been collecting for MANY years is on this property and we showed him what we had dug Friday, 6/15/2018.  I marked the road and a couple of Brush limbs for him and let's just say he wants to get the excavator out to the site ASAP.  If the find is big enough to commercially add to his stone inventory we get a 500 pound "payment" in stone and it is a brutal climb out with stone from the site so we are thrilled with the "deal"!  I will add photos of Badger Den Jasper to this thread too so that I can try and have all of the information here.

The old Purple Cow site is now a claim they have and the plan is to get the excavator there to go "DEEP".  They expect to find a lot of stone deeper.

They also own the Amethyst Sage claim and plan to have the excavator there later this fall.  I might be working that dig in trade for stone too if the Badger Den Jasper dig goes well.

So, now you all know the PRECISE and correct information about all these locations!

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 on: June 17, 2018, 10:18:19 AM 
Started by Enigmatrix - Last post by 55fossil
   Maybe hold the camera further back and crop the picture. Macro would be great.  if you do not have Macro the further distance should let your camera focus better.

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 on: June 17, 2018, 10:15:23 AM 
Started by bilquest - Last post by 55fossil
      No explosives.  Jeff told me about his collecting and much of what is done on the DC claim. There are a lot of people actually collecting in this area that do not have claims as well as the miners. The collecting is easier than getting in and out of the region where the jasper is. Like most areas that have jasper, far more of it is poor quality than good. Even the best material in this area usually has areas with pits and cracks among the really fine quality material on the same stones. Jeff will be at Madras with rough, slabs and cabs if you want to buy some. Mr. DC will be there as well. He does have great stones as well as low quality stuff, but I would never buy from him unless I held the stone in my own hand before giving him cash. Voice of experience as I knew him well.....

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 on: June 17, 2018, 06:40:03 AM 
Started by vitzitziltecpatl - Last post by Orrum
Awesomeness!!!

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