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Gold prospecting trip yesterday
« on: September 07, 2014, 09:53:50 AM »

called my brother terry to see if he wanted to go bust open bedrock and suck out everything under the rocks we moved.
He was game.

Picked him up at 5:30am and headed east to the club claims.
Arrived to see one of the club members packing his camp up. chatted for a bit, showed my brother terry what i did last weekend.

we planned on doing alot of the same thing, but failed to bring the snot sucker( hand dredge).
Sooooo, plan changed into just finding a nice spot to dig.

As we were digging, a bunch of rocks on the bank fell and ended up being (for what we think) a little too dangerous to just leave that way.
so we moved them into a safe place on the stream bed, we rinsed every single rock off on the way to the pile lol!
it was like jenga but different, we could have gotten hurt, so we started at the top.

after getting the pile down a bit, i noticed some nice slimy clay behind the pile stuck to the bank, so i scooped it into my bucket and ran it. scraped it all the way down to the bedrock behind it.
well, there was very little gold back there.

alot of work to keep the next miner safe but it was worth it in the end.

found a few of the clear stones shown in the second photo.
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Re: Gold prospecting trip yesterday
« Reply #1 on: September 07, 2014, 11:16:50 AM »

I'm assuming those clear stones are quartz? 
Kudos to you and your friend for keeping the stream safe for other miners!   :thumbsup:
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Re: Gold prospecting trip yesterday
« Reply #2 on: September 07, 2014, 11:18:50 AM »

im hoping these clear stones arent quartz lol!

Having them looked at by my neighbor when i see him.
Too many mineral factors of the claim area tell me these arent quartz
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Re: Gold prospecting trip yesterday
« Reply #3 on: September 07, 2014, 12:46:11 PM »

cool looking little stones. :coffee2:
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Re: Gold prospecting trip yesterday
« Reply #4 on: September 07, 2014, 12:58:13 PM »

Diamonds then?  Or perhaps some other high grade clear crystal?
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Re: Gold prospecting trip yesterday
« Reply #5 on: September 07, 2014, 09:04:12 PM »

Whoa!  Hope those stones are something really good!  They sure look like they are.   :icon_sunny:
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Re: Gold prospecting trip yesterday
« Reply #6 on: September 08, 2014, 06:52:29 PM »

well, my dreams were shatterd.
Just quartz, sucks donkey butt..... :sad5:
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Re: Gold prospecting trip yesterday
« Reply #7 on: September 08, 2014, 07:12:29 PM »

They will still be pretty faceted up.   :headbang:
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Re: Gold prospecting trip yesterday
« Reply #8 on: September 08, 2014, 07:43:16 PM »

im just going to call them welfare diamonds.
so atleast they will still be diamonds.

Im going to heat test one, heat to hot hot hot and drop in cold water.
If it shatters they are right, if not they are wrong.

Just doesnt look like crystal to me one bit.
Texture is all wrong under magnification.
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Re: Gold prospecting trip yesterday
« Reply #9 on: September 08, 2014, 07:52:52 PM »

there is a whole industry built on the Herkimer "diamond"
you'll find a use for them...
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Re: Gold prospecting trip yesterday
« Reply #10 on: September 09, 2014, 10:19:52 AM »


Just doesnt look like crystal to me one bit.
Texture is all wrong under magnification.

Did you take them to a gemologist?
Or did you just have someone else eyeball them?
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Re: Gold prospecting trip yesterday
« Reply #11 on: September 10, 2014, 08:44:39 PM »

i heated one of them, it turned white and shattered like on the inside when dropped in water.
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Re: Gold prospecting trip yesterday
« Reply #12 on: September 10, 2014, 09:06:03 PM »

Definitely quartz then!
You could still mount them in rings you know. There are folks out there with a taste for natural uncut quartz crystals.
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Re: Gold prospecting trip yesterday
« Reply #13 on: January 07, 2015, 11:19:42 AM »

Drill a hole in them and string them into a necklace. I'll bet it'll sell nicely!
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Re: Gold prospecting trip yesterday
« Reply #14 on: March 08, 2015, 06:56:03 AM »

Dennis, my brother Terry & I are heading to my creek to pan some yellow stuff up.
I need a day in the woods.
Even if its sitting my fat behind down on a rock watching them dig or me rock hounding after the winter floods up there.
cant wait to see if i find me more tiger jasper or anoy other jasper up there.
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