Some of the nicest things come in the smallest packages. Like a nebula floating in a prism.
Closeup of rolling flash. (Nice lens flare)
The wide open space of Virgin Valley from the logs.
These are the end pieces of the long one. The water dried off the POC area. From black precious opal to opal on wood to crystal opal with POC the whole way along. The middle has a few inches with wood mainly, but the ends are pure precious gem Black and gem Crystal opal. Plume play fire in multicolor's is the pattern. It weighted 31 1/2 oz when mined.
If you want to see movies; My YouTube Channel is ResortDog. The link takes you away from this page.
Just a little snow fell that winter in the mid 90s.
Solid walls of water will not stop the rock show. Snyder's Pow Wow May 2003.
Not a shabby day to pick out some night bright tops cutters.
Super gem Black
Super gem twig cab
Gemmy Blond Green/Blue Conk
Crystal you can't see through. Multicolor "Rind" Opalized layer. Yes there's potch down the one side. It was cut the color on top of green.
Wood conk from the Bonanza mine members area, not common NOT Dinosaur Bone.
Rough conk slab off blocky conk wad from the Bonanza Mine.
Crystals' Opal Creations
2005 The last Bonanza wood I dug out. Hot blue/green wood with blue and red flashes running down the grain, not just across the face but down a vein through teh limb.
Juniper Ridge Opal Flow Stone formation.
Jasp-opal prize for the 2012 Opal Auctions Cutting Contest - 1 oz.
Juniper Ridge Fire opal prize for the 2012 Opal Auctions Cutting Contest - 1 oz.
Virgin Valley Prize Opals for the 2012 Opal Auctions Cutting Contest Picked from the $10 and up a gram YOU PICK tub. That stuff should cut up looking as good as any opal. Congratulations Toby Batiste from California, the winner of the 2013 Opal Autions Forum Opal cutting contest!
Note all text and photographs copyrights reserved by John Church.
Republication not for gain is permitted with proper URL credit given.