Howdy from the Virgin Valley Opal Mining District located in Humboldt County, Nevada where Black, White, Crystal, Fire and Precious Wood Matrix opal has been mined since their early 1900s "discovery" in America. I came to Virgin Valley in 1993 from the Klamath Falls Or area and pegged the Swordfish claim group living out of my car. I then joined up with Leah Brashear and her family who first came here with her mom Marie and Grandparents. There been have various tribulations and trials that have taxed our patience and resolve, but I'm still here mining opals and plan to stay. Leah is survived by her mom and her children who are still mining in her footsteps on family claims.
2014 FEE DIGGING at Kokopelli Opal Mine after May 15th and earlier appointments are being scheduled. Kokopelli Opal will be open the Memorial Day weekend. $160 a day for adults bank digging & breaks for youngsters, seniors, and military long with a pre paid discount. Keep all the opals you find. Gem opals AND wood layers both to mine. Details of the times and location for the fee digging has been updated on the Kokopelli Opal Mine website. http://kokopelliopals.com/Fee_Digging.html . The owners Tim and Donna Church bought the claims from me and we are NOT related by blood and I am not a partner in their Kokopelli Opal mine in Virgin Valley before any misconceptions arise. I will help with their operation when needed by their absence or scheduling and he markets the bulk opal and runs the equipment. We are individuals working in the same direction. The tours and claim sales are my ballywack until future ink is dry after teh check is cashed.
The brilliance, size, and qualities of our precious Nevada opals play of color is unique. I sell natural solid gemstones and specimens of opalized woods, limb casts, bark replacements, and pine cones. Other common opal occurs in veins and nodules that offer both collectors and cutters variety. Opal is a mineral pseudomorph (meaning it fills holes) and can often be exactly lifelike. Sometimes opal bones are found from the Miocene. There is no big supply of cutting rough from all these mines put together. Most all the opal is mined and consumed by the rockhounds.
YOUR luck, skill, and effort are the factors of which mine to go to, or which claim to buy, and then what opals you'll come away with. We have fair offerings, but each Fee Dig is different from the others. They all have their own nature, facilities, and operators to experience. Swordfish Mining links to all of their sites to make it easier for you to contact them directly. You have to work hard for what you MAY find, so don't give up. Some opals are available in the gift shops. Ask the owners your questions about their dates, times and fees. Opal is where you find it, the best may come from anywhere and is certainly not unearthed yet.
20% MILITARY DISCOUNT ON ANY MERCHANDISE. I need to know you're active enlisted, or retired after a full career. A copy of your ID with proper redaction for you will be fine. THANKS to all our guardians of freedom. I'll discount $1,000 off any of the mining claims for you risking your lives in the past or now for my freedom.
I accept checks, cash, gold, silver, and credit cards with Paypal. Bit coins are still too sketchy. Wire transfers to my banks general ledger account for large amounts or probable spammers are arranged. Personal and business checks need to clear your bank before shipment is made. No SPAM is ever sent or any address sold to marketers. As the sole proprietor owning and operating Swordfish Mining; I am the designated official for everything, including the Homeland Security Regulations contact. Federal government tax and cash transaction reporting laws apply to me just like you. Don't ask for me to not report transactions or undervalue shipments internationally. Nevada residents pay our 6.85% sales tax unless you present tax exemption certificates.
When e-mailing me: PLEASE USE AN OPAL RELATED SUBJECT. Contact usopal (insert @) lycos.com or clodbreaker gmail.
You may call me at 1-775-941-0725 Pacific Time Zone. If I'm mining or in the shop, leave a message and I will call you when I return.
Gem Art Play of Color Wood All Opals will appear much more colorful and brighter when in hand.
No photo shopping or even color balancing has been done to any images. Any cracks or treatments are disclosed. Provenance certificates will be issue by me on the strength of my honesty.
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