Our Wants:

Specific Specimens We Will buy right now from You:

I would like to acquire the pieces shown on this page. If you have any of these, I am willing to trade for and/or purchase them.

contact us FIRST if you want to sell or trade these!  

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  • Any of the specific specimens pictured above;

  • Garage, attic, and storage collections of rock, mineral and crystal specimens;  

  • Minerals, crystals and rocks from storage containers and / or estate collections;

  • California Minerals and crystals, particularly: San Diego County & Southern California: Tourmaline, Kunzite, Morganite, Aquamarine, Topaz, Spessartine, Quartz, Lepidolite, and associated pegmatite gems and minerals from San Diego County; etc., including but not limited to, Pala, Rincon, Mesa Grande, and, Ramona;

  • "Blue Cap" Tourmalines from Pala, San Diego County, California.  If you have a pink to red tourmaline with a blue tip or cap and it is over 2 inches tall, we will probably want to buy it, whether it is a single crystal or attached to other rock / matrix.  Please CONTACT US first.  This includes Tourmalines from the Tourmaline Queen (Pala Queen or Queen Mine), Tourmaline King, Ed Fletcher, etc., Mines.....  Of particular want are Bluecap Tourmalines from the 1972 find at the Tourmaline Queen Mine, please CONTACT US first!

  • Kunzite Spodumene and Morganite Beryl from Hiriart Mtn at Pala, with old labels or documented history (incl. Sickler, Ashley, Katerina, Vanderberg, White Queen, Hiriart, Fargo, Senpe, Sempe, San Pedro, Anita, Aqualedge, (et al) Mines.

  • Mineral, Crystal, and Ore Specimens from the Homestake Gold Mine, Lead, South Dakota; Gold in Quartz from the Holy Terror Mine, Keystone South Dakota; and Gold in Quartz from the Goldfish Mine near Custer, South Dakota.  Stock Certificate/s and mine reports for the Gladiator Consolidated Gold Mines in South Dakota.  NATURAL gold nuggets and Gold in Quartz from California, Nevada, and South Dakota.

  • Old specimens of Opal, Precious Opal, Opal Limb Cast, Opalized Wood Replacement, from Virgin Valley Nevada USA, particularly any with old labels, notes and provenance; "Monarch Opal", "White Speck Opal," Wood-Opal combinations from Virgin Valley, incl. Conk or Conch Opal.

  • Collections of old mining law books, texts, Interior Dept Decisions volumes ("Decisions of the Land Department"), documents, magazines and publications about USA mining law and gemstone deposits.

  • Documents, correspondence, old photos, and documentation of the opal deposits of Virgin Valley, Nevada; anything related to Flora Loughead Gutierrez ("Flora Lockheed"), The Hammond Family, the Rainbow Ridge Mining Company (Prior to 1943); Deb Roop, George Hill, L.O. Hawkins, Mark Foster, Mr. Harrington, Thomson, and others.  

  • 25+ carat cut Black Opals N3 to N1 with 4+ brightness or better from Lightning Ridge, Australia. 


EXAMPLES of what we want (Click to enlarge):  If you have something similar we might buy it, CONTACT US.

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