Updated March 10, 2013



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Recent updates:


March 10, 2013

New Specimens

An update of new specimens just posted from the Benitoite Gem mine.

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October 11, 2012

New Specimens

An update of new specimens just cleaned from the Benitoite Gem mine.

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August 24, 2011

I just posted images and descriptions of over 40 more specimens from my personal collection. There are over 75 specimens from my collection on line now for you to see. Sorry ! None are for sale.

My Personal Benitoite Collection

I have added more specimens and placed a link to an article I wrote recently.  Click Article 2


 
 
 


August 25, 2011

New Specimens

A modest update of new specimens just cleaned  from the Benitoite Gem mine.

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Benitoite
California
 
August 24, 2011

I just posted images and descriptions of over 40 more specimens from my personal collection. There are over 75 specimens from my collection on line now for you to see. Sorry ! None are for sale.

My Personal Benitoite Collection

 

 


May 15th, 2011

Steve & I just sorted out about 250 more kilos of mine run available now!

We are offering you the chance to clean your own specimens from the Benitoite Gem mine. 

Use these three links:

Mine Run Offer 

How to clean Benitoite Mine Run

Past Testitmonials


 

 
 


June 28th, 2010

Mine run is available again ... for now...

We are offering you the chance to clean your own specimens from the Benitoite Gem mine. 

Use these three links:

Mine Run Offer 

How to clean Benitoite Mine Run

Past Testitmonials


 


June 8, 2010

New Benitoite Gem mine specimens

This past week Steve Perry and I worked a very large deal with Bryan Lees of Collector's Edge to secure the entire remaining stock of finished, partially finished and all uncleaned material from the Benitoite Gem mine - about 7,000 pounds of material in all !!  For the first time I know now exactly how big the "universe" of uncleaned benitoite mine material actually is and what the future supply of material will be and how long it will last.  The notion of a finite "universe" of benitoite is a scary thing unless that "universe" is sitting on my property here in Weaverville, California which it is... This first group of new specimens represents much of the inventory of ready to go specimens that were a part of this deal. 

Steve Perry and I will have an announcement at the end of June to detail some opportunities that this new supply of material will offer you. 

click the button below to see the various new gold specimens



 
Benitoite
 
Benitoite & Neptunite
 
Neptunite
 
Benitoite



 


October 30th, 2009
New Minerals from the Benitoite Gem Mine!

I have cleaned well over 200 new specimens from the Benitoite Gem Mine.  Click any of the links above and enjoy the blue scenery!
 


 
 

September 20th, 2008
New Minerals from the Benitoite Gem Mine!

Steve Perry and I have cleaned over 60 new specimens from the Benitoite Gem Mine. Here they are!  Click any button to see specimens in that price category.
 


Benitoite

Joaquinite

Benitoite & Joaquinite

Neptunite & Benitoite

 
 
July 5th
Minerals from the Benitoite Gem Mine!

I have cleaned up another 19 specimens of material from the Benitoite mine since Tucson and here they are...


Benitoite, Neptunite
& Joaquinite

Benitoite, Neptunite
& Joaquinite

Benitoite

Neptunite & Joaquinite

September 30th, 2007  - GOOD NEWS!  For a limited time we are resuming the sale of uncleaned mine run material!  Collector's Edge - former owner of the Benitoite Mine - had about 2 tons of mine run material left over from the last year's production at the mine.  We now know precisely the extent of the known "Benitoite Universe" and it isn't very big at all. Steve Perry and I worked out a deal to obtain this material and are happy to announce the resumption of the mine run sales until the supply is gone.  There is possibly going to be one more small pulse of material available after this and that will be it forever.  Mine Run sales canceled in January 2008.

January 4, 2007  - Dave Schreiner of Coalinga is now making appointments to take people up to the mine for the day. If you want to visit the property and dig for benitoite click here.

May 24, 2006  - I recently obtained the domain benitoite.com for this site.  I will be using it indefinitely.  I am also in the process of starting to clean a large number of new specimens.  I expect these to be ready sometime in September prior to the Denver Show.
 

November 15th, 2005  - The mine will be opened for a fee dig operation.  At this time the new owner - Dave Schreiner of Coalinga - is trying to figure out how to gain access to the mine using the KCAC paved road.  This has not been resolved as of this time.
 
 

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Benitoite

Jonesite
September 9th, 2005
Benitoite Mine -  I have been busy the past few months cleaning specimens and rounding new ones up.  Special in this new lot are 6 specimens of the exceptionally rare mineral JONESITE! There are also a number of fine benitoite and neptunite specimens to consider in this group. Yet another locality that has been closed for good...
July 20th, 2005  - The mine has been sold to another party. More information will be forthcoming about it soon.

July 1st, 2005 - The mine has been rehabilitated and is currently for sale.

June 7th, 2005 - It is official - the Benitoite Gem mine is now closed for good.  This marks the end of the most important mineral locality in California.  I will still be offering specimens for the foreseeable future but the availability of specimens will diminish. 

May 19th, 2005 - Steve and I have decided to suspend further sales of mine run until further notice.

April 6th - I have just returned from the Benitoite Gem Mine and have prepared a report on What is New at the mine...Visit the Mine Run page to see type of material that is now available.

June 11th - New specimens from the mine!   Specimens in the Cabinet, Miniature and Thumbnail sizes.  Also a new quantity of mine run is now available at a reduced cost!  Visit the Mine Run page to see type of material that is available - also partially etched specimens are available again on the same page!  Lastly, the Testimonial page continues to grow.  Where's the story of your new find? 

May 12th - I have just returned from the Benitoite Gem Mine and have prepared a report on What is New at the mine...

April 30th - I have just returned from a trip to secure a large new lot of uncleaned mine run material from the Benitoite Mine - about 4000-4500 pounds worth!  Look for new update information around the 20th of May!

January 14th - New specimens from Bill Forrest - former owner of the Benitoite Gem Mine.  Specimens in the Cabinet, Miniature and Thumbnail sizes.

Start of 2003

November 10th - My article on Benitoite was updated with lots more information and new pictures.

October 12th - Over 40 new specimens were added to the Cabinet, Miniature and Thumbnail size pages.

June 16th - A new article on how to clean and prep specimens of mine run. 

June 3rd - New specimens were added to the Cabinet, Miniature and Thumbnail size pages.

May 23rd- News on the 2002 mining season - complete with text, pictures and mpg files!

May 15th - Fluorescent specimens added to UVROCKS.COM site.

May 4th - Testimonial page on what people are finding in the mine run material they ordered added.

April 5th - Raw unprocessed Benitoite Mine mine run material offered.

Start of 2002

 


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