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MINING CAN BE
You may dig your own Gem dirt in our covered mining shed or Gemstone buckets and Beginner bags are available for on site fluming. Take-Home Kits are also available.
Native U.S. Gemstones are found each day .We encourage you to visit, even if it's just to learn about gem mining and all the related activities that go along with it.
All the action takes place at the gemstone flume. Enjoy the exciting atmosphere of discovery as you find colorful, beautiful, and valuable gemstones! Just place a scoop of rough material on the screen... then rinse with clean water. The gem stones, when wet, will reveal colors and crystal shapes!
You are provided with a screen for washing and there is a flume - a trough of running water - with a bench along it's length. The dirt goes in the screen, the screen goes in the water and the mud is washed away. Well, it's not quite that easy but it is completely safe and mine operators are on hand to help with technique and identification.This is an outdoor activity.
Rock Hounds Welcome !
What To Look For At The Mine
Gemstones come in every color from white to black. Garnets are glassy red , pink or reddish brown. Rubies are silky red, sapphires are every other color. Moonstones are pearly white to gray and peach to chocolate brown with a flat box-like shape. Quartz comes in many forms, sometimes clear colors like Amethyst and Citrine, sometimes opaque colors with mica flecks like Aventurine and of course clear with sides - quartz crystals. Let's not forget Iron Pyrite,"Fools Gold", everyone loves to find something resembling Gold in their screen! That's just a few of the many gemstones found at Yellow Wolf Gem Mining.
Bring ziploc bags or a plastic dish w/lid to take your stones home in (no glass). Rubber gloves are handy if it's chilly or if you have a nice manicure. A hat and sunblock may be needed if it's sunny, although our mines provide some cover over the "flume". You may need a cushion to sit on or old towels to wipe your hands. Wear clothes you don't mind getting dirty and wear/bring a pair of tennis shoes or boots. Picnic tables are provided, so pack refreshments/lunch and plan to spend the day! Be Sure to bring a camera to preserve your memories made in Youngtown, Alabama.