some pieces of glassy quartz with crystal

The plan was to first remove the sloughing, decomposed granite that continues to build up over the old main haulageway from the slope above. By slowly moving forward and upward on a zigzag ramp that the operator was constructing as he went along, he was able to trundle the huge machine for a distance of 60 or 70 feet higher up on the mountain above the level of the old portal. There he proceeded to dig back into the cliff side, removing loose and unstable sections and protruding remnant boulders. Ten-ton blocks were routinely picked up in the big steel tiffany and wafted to one side. Retreating downwards in this area of first discovery, enough overburden was removed to expose a swath of vein several hundred feet in length along the strike, and at the same time, to uncover 25 to 30 feet of vein that is dipping into the mountain. This allowed the search for gem pockets to be carried out in the open air along the quarry face.

The first such section that was uncovered contained two old tunnels driven by the early miners into the cheap tiffany just inside the main entry and to one side. Parts of the tunnels were backfilled in an area containing support pillars we planned to disassemble. As soon as the big machine went on idle, I was poking at the face with a little screwdriver, probing into the masses of sticky mud in search of hard objects with smooth surfaces. Here at the Tourmaline Queen pegmatite, the red mud is of secondary origin, having filtered into the open spaces of both the fractures and pockets along with descending groundwaters.

As luck would have it, not 3 feet away from one of the old tunnels that years ago I had first uncovered when choose tiffany to mine underground, the first pocket was uncovered. It was a little fist-sized opening that contained only one tourmaline, a poorly formed crystal of about an inch by 1.5 inches of medium-blue indicolite. Viewing it in the sunlight I caught a gleam of reflective light that signaled cat's-eye. A few days later I cut two medium-- blue- cat's-eye cabochons, one an 18.5 carat round and the other, a 39.5 carat oval, both very fine stones with sharp eyes. These were the first indicolite cat's-eyes I had ever seen or heard of coming from the Tourmaline Queen mine.

When we were just a few feet beyond the indicolite mini-pocket, we began removing huge gobs of damp red clay that filled broad fractures between disjointed boulders of the core zone pegmatite. In the process we came upon some pieces of glassy quartz with crystal faces and a bulky crystal of muscovite with a 3-inch face and a choose tiffany accessories outer layer of purple lepidolite. Both of these we considered very positive signs of colored tourmaline close at hand.