Our Story

Pinnacle 5 Minerals is the world’s leading producer of fine Amazonite and Smoky Quartz combination specimens and Colorado Topaz. As a family owned and operated business, Joe Dorris, his wife Susan, and their three children- Scott, Tim, and Krystle, all work for the company. We have over 35 years of experience mining the Crystal Peak Mining District, Tarryall Mining District, and Mount Antero. Take a look at our mineral specimens and custom jewelry over in the shop!

The Dorris Family


Joe began collecting gems and minerals at a young age and built his hobby into a specimen mining and selling business. He is also a bench jeweler, artist, and author. Joe has been able to pass on his love for prospecting to his children and is grateful to have them share his same passion.


Susan is the behind-the-scenes expert on just about everything. She mostly keeps people squared away. You can find her at many of our gem and mineral shows and she can answer all your questions. She also helps arrange visits and can find you that special specimen. She’s very knowledgeable about gemstones and jewerly.

Susan Dorris


Tim is known around the world for being one of best fit finders in the industry. He is also one of our heavy machine operators at the claims and  our main pocket extractor. Tim has helped reconstruct many notable mineral specimens. His most famous work is the Smoky Hawk King, which has found a new home at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.


Krystle attends most of our gem and mineral shows and specializes in finding you the perfect specimen for your collection or that nice piece of jewelry. Krystle is also a great point of contact for informaton on specimens, what we are currently up to, and helps arrange visits to our mining claims. She will host you as well whenever possible.


Scott and Tim grew up mining with their father, and are responsible for collecting, cleaning, and repairing many of the specimens. Both sons attend gem and mineral shows whenever possible and are knowledgeable mineral dealers. Scott is currently away with his career, but is looking forward to joining the company after his retirement.


Pinnacle 5 Minerals was recently featured on Prospectors, an original TV program on the Weather Channel. The program featured the family mining at their claims and recovering specimens in the Crystal Peak Mining District, Tarryall Mining District, and Mount Antero.