CONSULTING: Gem / Lapidary Mining Claims

MINING CLAIM SERVICES, ASSESSMENT WORK, CLAIM STAKING, & CONSULTING regarding pegmatites, gold, gemstones, and mineral deposits in the western USA
We are based in South Dakota

  • Effective October 2022: We are NO longer staking mining claims or doing assessment work or consulting in the Valley and are in the process of focusing our mining efforts in South Dakota and are SELLING OFF ALL OF OUR INTERESTS IN THE VALLEY.  With that said, be careful whom you consult in the Opal fields or buy a claim from.  Not everyone is honest and a few people have agendas and a purpose.  Don't pay someone for a "tour" or a cheap claim- there are many areas in the valley open to claiming.  Don't be misled.  Someone in the area charges $200/day for a tour/info.  With a little research you can do it yourself and alot better.  Stick to yourself, there are many rival individuals and groups in the Valley and they cause drama for themselves and others.

         I have long been in the business of prospecting, staking claims, re-staking claims, performing assessment work, mining, sales, and doing viability studies of gem, mineral and lapidary deposits, and finding lost mines and new deposits.  Research at the local, State, and Federal and level, including historical collections and archives.  On-site & off-site studies and consulting/research have included (but not limited to): Land status and areas open to location; discovery; extent and limits of deposit; small mining by hand vs use of equipment and permitting; location and staking; value and marketing of a particular mineral or material; whether extension claims are needed, issues regarding extralateral rights, lode vs placer location, access rights and issues; Historical background on a particular deposit or property; etc.  I offer full consulting services relating to prospecting, mining, and sale of gem and lapidary materials.  My consulting services are offered only for crystal, mineral specimen, gemstone, and lapidary material claims, with special expertise on the Virgin Valley Nevada Opal deposits.  I do not offer any services relating to gold or metals (I can refer you to someone for gold etc- if  you need someone).  I can also evaluate or appraise Virgin Valley Nevada Opals (see link HERE) and Gem/Mineral Collections (LINK HERE).  For mining claim matters, I generally hire out at:



  • IN-SEASON (June 01 thru October 15):

  • Claim location/relocation, per claim, $750.-

  • $65.-/hr**;

  • $250.-/day**;

  • $2000.-/week**;

  • $______.-/project (CONTACT ME for quote)**;

  • **PLUS any other related expenses.

  • OFF-SEASON (October 16 thru May 31): To be announced or Contact Me.

  • OFF SEASON CLAIM LOCATION is actual cost of travel & related expenses plus $1000.- per claim location/relocation.


  • MILITARY VETERAN and Public Service (Police, FBI, Firefighter/EMT):   33% off discount on all mining claims listed for sale-  This is my small way of saying "THANK YOU" for your service, defending our Constitution and our Country, and saving lives. NOTE: This does not apply if I have already applied other discounts.

  •  WATCH FOR FUTURE DISCOUNTS FOR VETERANS, DISABLED AND THOSE NEEDING A FRESH START IN LIFE, Coming Summer/Winter 2020.  We are going to GIVE OPPORTUNITIES and try to help in a number of ways....  Please check back for updates!

  • WATCHMEN Service, in- season, starting $____/;

  • WATCHMEN Service, off-season, starts $____/. 




  • $85.-/hr**;

  • $375.-/day**;

  • $3500.-/week**;

  • $______.-/project (CONTACT ME for quote)**;

  • **PLUS travel and any other related expenses.


  • MILITARY VETERAN:  25% off discount on all consulting & mining claims-  This is my small way of saying "THANK YOU" for your service, defending our Constitution and our Country, and saving lives.

CONTACT ME if you have any needs or questions!  I would be happy to help and I always sign a confidentiality agreement and (non-competition clause, when needed, so long as it does not interfere with my existing matters).