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Have you ever imagined finding precious or treasure? Are you interested in Gemology? I recently saw a program called Cash and Treasures "in the Travel Channel. Basically, the hostess goes around to different places in search of treasure. The episode that sparked my interest was when the hostess when Himalaya mine in search of precious stones. With a name like Himalaya mine, I expected it to be somewhere far away in Asia. Instead, I found mine Himalayas is right in my backyard. I live in San Diego and as a result of the Himalaya Mine is just a short drive from my house. The mine has an interesting story is a bit too long to go into too much detail here, but it's claim to fame is that it was the largest producer of pink tourmalines for the last empress of China.

What I learned the series was that for a small fee you could go digging through the 'tails' of the mine. Tailings are more or less what is left when you call or digging in a mine. The mine owner (s) usually look through the blast or material extracted from the mine once or twice to find the precious stones obvious then put everything else in one big pile. That big pile or piles is known as tailings. The hostess of the Fund of "Treasures and" show was lucky to find one large pink tourmaline, while digging through some of the tailings. He later had to cut pink tourmaline gemstone in a very nice and located in a piece of jewelry. The final product worth thousands of dollars under the program.

I have been around long enough to know that not getting something for Gemology nothing but love and the idea of digging through some dirt to find a gem sounded like a lot of fun for me. So, I made a little Google search for details of the Himalaya mine and went to try their luck. I drove to Lake Henshaw located in northern San Diego. Bring the tails from the mine and placed in a camp behind a small village shop near the lake. I asked directions from the girl behind the counter at the country store and then to follow a small road in the camp I reached my destination.

What I found was not impressive at first glance. There was a series of valleys that surround what appeared to be a lawyer shallow rocks on earth. I was greeted by a young man in charge of operations. He informed me that had not yet received their waste for the day and that waste should be along shortly. I was there bright and early not wanting to miss any moment of my adventure of treasure hunting and tailings re – was filed within and hour or so after my arrival. The price to try her luck was $ 75. Do not forget to bring cash with me, but was able to pay by credit card.

All gem hunting team was at the scene. After a short education on how to filter the material I was on my way to hunt gems. First you start using a shovel to place the tails in a large bucket painters. Then take the bucket to your channel. Shovel some of the tailings in a screen square box, give it a few shakes to get the loose dirt and replace the screen in the stack to get the remaining dirt from the stones. After a few shakes in water channel to lift the screen to find precious stones. If there is something you probably will not quickly. The tourmalines really stands out from everything else. About everything seemed pink tourmaline, but also green and occasionally blue tourmalines. Along with the tourmalines found lots of quartz crystals, many with small tourmalines embedded in them.

We are involved at some point about three of four in the afternoon. At that time I was ready to call a day. Hunting gem is fun, but definitely hard work. Finally I have found invaluable stone or even a costly but I found a number of less stones valuable. You could probably sell it for the amount or slightly more than it costs to find. I decided to keep them though. My next step is learning to cut stones. I have the lucky to have a willing tutor. So with any luck I will soon have some well-cut gems I found! Not bad for $ 75 and a little hard work.

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If you are interested in learning more about gemology you can visit the Gemology Forum. They have a lot of information including sections on colored stones [http://gemologyforum.com/viewforum.php?f=6&sid=23c1405e3f425a6c8d9ae0507de3bf9c] and gemstone identification.

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