July 17, 2017

Bruneau Jasper Specimen Collection

   The Gem Shop has a marvelous Bruneau Jasper Collection that is available for sale.  The collection contains nine beautiful specimens, which all display concentric "egg" formations.  Some of the specimens display a flat polish, while others have a curved polish.  Bruneau Jasper is from Southwest Idaho, and found in the Bruneau River Canyon.  The BLM shut down the five original mining claims of Bruneau Jasper, which has greatly impacted the production of this jasper.  Bruneau Jasper is considered one of the fine jaspers of the world.  Call The Gem Shop at 877-377-4666 for more details and pricing on this rare opportunity to own such a stunning collection.
Click on the image of the individual specimens to see a detail view.

July 06, 2017

2018 Calendar

The Gem Shop's 2018 Calendar of Fine Agates and Jaspers in now available!  The calendar features some of the world's finest agates and jaspers.  Featured this year are Ocean Jasper®, Condor Agate, Morrisonite, and many more exquisite agates and jaspers. Quantity discounts are available for the calendar.   Contact the store at 877-377-4666 for further details.
2018 Calendar of Fine Agates & Jaspers

July 06, 2017

Regency Rose Plume Agate

The Beverly Marie TGS Claim at Graveyard Point hosts two variations of plume agate.  As mentioned in the recent newsletters, the north end contains the Classic Graveyard Point Plume Agate.  The south end contains the Regency Rose Plume Agate.  The discovery of the red plumes in some of the Regency Rose Plume Agate was discussed in last week's newsletter.  It is more normal for Regency Rose Plume Agate to display combinations of white, orange, yellow, and pink plumes.  Even the pink plumes are a rarity.
     How the agate formed on the south side is different from the north side.  The Classic Graveyard formed in the cracks of the basalt, thus creating more straight veins of agate.  The Regency Rose formed in a basalt valley, which no one knows how deep it is.  The veins of agate are much more jagged or triangular shaped.
     Regency Rose Plume Agate is available in rough form, specimens, and cabochons.  Discover this beautiful agate today!
Regency Rose Plume Agate Rough Rock

June 28, 2017

Regency Rose Plume Agate - Red

Gene and his crew made a very interesting discovery while mining the south end of the Beverly Marie TGS Claim this spring.  The north end of the claim is known for producing the Classic Graveyard Plume Agate, which normally contains blue, yellow, and tan plumes.  Many times it has black looking marcasite inclusions.  This agate was featured in last week's newsletter.     
     The south end of the claim contains the area where the material known as Regency Rose Plume Agate comes from.  The Regency Rose name was given to the rock from this area by Bill Tallman in the 1980's, and it was known for the variety of colored plumes possible in the rock.  White, orange, yellow, and pink plumes are all possible in any combination.  This year Gene found some veins that contained unique red plumes.  These red plumes seem to occur sporadically on one side or a corner of a vein.   A limited amount of this material is now available.  This special material, which has been graded as the "red" material, has a high potential to contain red plumes.  The red plumes may occur just a little on the edge or it may appear more prominently throughout.  Great material for slabs, cabbing, or specimens.

Regency Rose Plume Agate - Red, Rough Rock

June 21, 2017

Graveyard Point Mining Operation 2017

The agate from our spring mining operation at Graveyard Point has arrived in Cedarburg!  The material from the north end of the claim is called Classic Graveyard Point Plume Agate.  The agate normally displays bold dark brown and tan plumes in a translucent blue agate, but variations in color are possible.  This agate is available in a variety of sizes up to 100 lbs., and some pieces have Angelwing Chalcedony tops. Mining pictures with a detailed description of the operation are available on our website.  

Rough Rock

Mining Report

Polished Slabs

May 25, 2017

Graveyard Point Mining Operation Update

   Gene and his crew are having a great adventure in Oregon mining Graveyard Point Plume Agate.  They have unearthed a large vein of agate, which has been producing some great material.  You can see from the one picture how deep they have to go to get some of this agate.  The plume agate has been displaying beautiful yellow, red, and orange plumes.  They have had plenty of company as the Boise Rock Club and others have come out to check out the activity and pick up some agate.  Gene will be wrapping up digging this weekend, but anyone is welcome to go out to the claim, with the proper permission forms( available below in the May 3rd blog post).  A full mining report and new material will be available in late June.  Keep an eye on the website and Facebook for announcements.  In the meantime check out some of the Graveyard Point Plume Agate that you can get now on our website.

Graveyard Point Plume Agate rough rock

Graveyard Point Specimens

Graveyard Point Cabochons


May 03, 2017

Graveyard Point Mining Operation

Our very own Indiana Jones, Gene Mueller, is headed back to Oregon to mine the beautiful Graveyard Point Plume Agate.  The Beverly Marie claim is located about 7 miles from Homedale, Idaho on the eastern edge of Oregon.  Gene and his fellow miners will be out there from May 16th - 28th.  Anyone is welcome to come out to the claim and collect agate on the claim while they are out there for $0.50 /lb.  Gene cannot wait to get out there and start digging, and he welcomes your visit.  Please be advised that the mining operation is under time restraints, thus there is not much time for visitation with the miners.  A permission form must be filled out for each individual collecting on the claim.  Please also read the "Terms & Conditions Form", which also has directions to the claim.  A map of the area is also below.
Permission Form
Terms & Conditions
Map of the Graveyard Point area

May 03, 2017

Zodiac Stones

Ever wonder what the stars say about you?  Humans, for centuries have looked to the heavens for guidance, direction, and answeres to lifes most complicated questions.  The Gem Shop is proud to introduce our latest product, Zodiac Stones.  Each zodiac sign has specific stones to help guide people under these zodiac signs.  The Zodiac Stones comes with three stones in a black pouch, picked specifically for that sign, with an informational card.  On the back of the each card tells a little about each sign, and how the stones can offer direction or fun inspirations.  Find your perfect stones for your sign, and these make great fun little gifts for anyone!

May 03, 2017

Fairy Stones

    Fairy Stones are clay concretions comprised of calcium carbonate, which were formed by the glaciers.  They are only found in Northern Quebec, Canada.  The Fairy Stone received its name from the Algonquin Indian Tribe, who carried them for good luck.  They would offer a Fairy Stone to their loved ones before leaving home on fishing or hunting trips.  The stones were believed to offer protection against bad spirits.  Larger Fairy Stones would be placed in the home to bring good health and prosperity to the occupants of the premises.  The Gem Shop has limited amount of these ancient stones.  Give one to your loved one or place in your home:

January 04, 2017

Grape Agate

A new type of chalcedony has entered the market recently, which is called Grape Agate.  It is properly named purple botryoidal chalcedony that looks like a bunch of grapes.  Grape Agate comes from Sulawesi, Indonesia and was discovered many years ago.  It wasn't until about a year ago that the Indonesian Government allowed for the material to be exported.  The Gem Shop has a limited number of these unique specimens available on our website.  These beautiful pieces are a great conversation piece and addition to any rockhound's collection.  Discover this new agate: