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Specimens of the Crystal Peak Mining District

We have been mining the Pikes Peak granite pegmatites for nearly forty years. What follows is a brief description of the nature of pockets and types of minerals encountered based on our experiences. Pockets and Their Condition Most “pockets” are small and nearly always collapsed. We mine at a deeper depth than from what most specimens are recovered and occasionally get some intact pockets. Pockets most likely to be intact are the small gas pockets about the size of a grapefruit. Otherwise, in the last stages of crystallization, virtually all pockets rupture inwardly, damaging most of the crystals. After rupture, … Read more

Field Collecting and Mining Claims

I often get questions on Where can I go to go collecting and How does one go about getting a mining claim? Disclaimer: None of the following should be construed as giving permission to dig or collect for specimens on any property, private or Federal. Also, I am not an expert on mining law and laws are different for each State. The information provided should be considered a guide. If you have specific questions, check with the proper authority (such as the Forest Service or BLM) or a lawyer. Collecting access: Many fine mineral specimens can be recovered from open … Read more