I'm excited to announce that I've made a claim on a new pink plume agate and will be excavating for two weeks, starting 9/10, with Jake Jacobitz. I've keep this under my hat since March while waiting for the BLM to approve my mining plan. Now that I have all my ducks in a row, I'm set to start digging.
These past months have been hell. I've been wanting to tell everyone, but I just needed to keep it quiet until the actual digging day was closer. As most of you my know, once you staked an official claim with the BLM, it's public record. Then, everyone and their brother will know where it is. I didn't want some "boneheads" in there digging up the place with picks and shovels.
My new pink plume is called Feather Ridge. All that I have found so far has been float (surface rock), but there are very large veins peeking out of the ground and the only way to get it out is by heavy equipment.
Here are some photo's of some of the float I have polished up. It very closely resembles Nyedigger Ranch Plume in many ways. Even the white plumes I found on the surface are exceptional with feathery plumes in very clear agate. I also found pockets of delicate angel wing. The agate plumes are white, pink, yellow and orange. Sometimes they are mixed with yellow and orange opal.
Here are some sample photos of the float below. Imagine what's down in the ground waiting for me ;)
I'll be writing an article about the mining, along with pictures and videos in the October time frame, so keep your eye out for that.
Also, I have another beautiful plume I'm claiming, but more about that later...