Jump to content
Nugget Shooter Forums

Archived

This topic is now archived and is closed to further replies.

sarahrose

Payson crystals

Recommended Posts

Hello all!!

We moved to AZ a couple years ago and I discovered rockhounding....very different from what I was used to in the Midwest. So far I have found quite a bit of quartz crystal clusters, some lower grade amethyst, geodes, and AZ diamonds!!! Those are my favorite!!!

I know about the diamond point locality, but are there crystals kind of all over that general area? Seems everyone is digging in the same spot!! I'm attaching some of my really good ones I have found....they are amazing and rainbow filled little jewels..:-) I have quite a few more, but not like these ones.

post-26872-0-52237500-1376975559_thumb.j

post-26872-0-10583400-1376975575_thumb.j

post-26872-0-63442100-1376975597_thumb.j

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Crystal are always exciting to find. Those are dynamite!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

There are many crystal locations in Arizona but Diamond Point is known for the very clear double terminated crystals. Date Creek, Crown King and the Patagonia Mountains are a few of the other locations you should research. A few of the better locations are under claim but can be accessed by joining one of the local rock hounding clubs. Good luck and you have some nice finds so far.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I think the designated collecting area is 14 acres although most people just dig next to the main road. Yes there are patches of crystals throughout the area to find. Take a hike and keep your eyes on the ground. Find one and there may be many more.

Here is one of my largest ones from Diamond Point.

DiamondPoint_zps7035d8f6.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Wow Adam!!! That is spectacular!!!! Where do the crystals originate from?? I saw many people digging this last weekend in the dirt next to the road, even though this isn't the digging season. I went up a little further and found several small ones and those in the picture. When I dig, what am I looking for exactly, what host rock? Are they just in the clay in the ground? Like I said, I was not digging..these were all float crystals on the surface.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Very nice finds there sarahrose, but Geeeez Adam, that one's outa control. Are those actual carbon based diamonds or are some sort of perfectly pure/clear SiO2?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

sarahrose ,

I wish people would follow the rules there. It would be unfortunate if the area got shut down again. The host rock is limestone, and its all over up there. The crystals formed in Vugs /cavities along with calcite and sometimes aragonite. When your walking around in the woods keep an eye out for eroded vugs in the large limestone host. they will look like well formed potholes. while those have already weathered out it is an indicator that crystals are very near. The best intdicator is a crystal though. As I have found pockets with up to 16 crystals in them, so when you find one there could be more scattered about in the dirt topsoil.

Heres a shot of the host rock....doesent look like much does it?

DSC06363_zpsf3774d5a.jpg

But when you flip this rock over, we have an exposed calcite pocket and a beautiful crystal in its natural state.

DSC06362_zps32d1a562.jpg

Here`s a crystal in a pocket that I removed the calcite from, leaving the quartz behind.

DSC06365_zpse6bba813.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Here are a couple of my finest specimens, two of which are slightly amethystine on the tips. The amethyst ones are rare, and are highly desirable.

DSC06371_zps67d60057.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

So do I crack open the limestone where I see the crystal potholes? I saw tons of rocks that had what I think you are describing. Or is it better to just dig in the dirt in hopes that they are scattered in the ground. I can't imagine it would be so easy cracking up rocks to find those..:-(( might have to employ my husband to come up with me and a sledgehammer if that is the case... Lol

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Very nice finds there sarahrose, but Geeeez Adam, that one's outa control. Are those actual carbon based diamonds or are some sort of perfectly pure/clear SiO2?

These are pretty much the same as Herkimer Diamonds, same crystal habit etc.

sarahrose ,

The crystals have been eroding out of the vugs for thousands of years, I have found it easier to just dig through the first 6 inches of topsoil and look for the ones that have already come out. In non digging season or otherwise, I bring a small plastic garden rake. The rake is to quickly remove the pine needles and other debris so you can see whats underneath. its a great way to expose crystals that everyone just walks right by.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Has anyone been to the geode site near there?

Mitchel

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have..... Geodes all over..... Some with fantastic crystals inside!....... Most are duds, but the ones that are hollow and crystal lined make up for it.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

That is the location about a mile from the bridge on 64?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanx for the pics as clarity is GREAT!! John

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Awesome, thanks for sharing

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

That is the location about a mile from the bridge on 64?

Yes...we go on the road that is off the main road...you need 4WD to get over the first part of it, but after that it's easier....the road is literally covered with geodes...some are very large too. Watch out for the bees though..I got stung last time I was up there.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Wow what a great thread and education! Beautiful crystals folks....

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Adam when I'm beeping I see crystals almost weekly but none as nice or clear as yours....thanks for posting the pics....

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Went up today with a friend and 3 huge pups..... Met a Native American man and he told me about the healing powers of the crystals...:-)) he also led us to a place further up and out of the main area and found larger ones in just the first few inches of soil..... He gave me a few of the ones he didn't want..... I found a few, but he was much more skilled at finding them than we were. We got soaked to the bone today too..... I don't think it was just the dogs that smelled in the car one the way back..:-))

We also rescued a small boy who had gone wandering away from the school not far from where we were.... Brought him back to his school, and had some choice words about watching kids and teaching them stranger danger...... That poor boy was terrified!! I think we were supposed to be up there today.... To find the boy....( who had somehow wandered 5 miles from the school in the woods) and to meet the Native American gentleman...... What an amazing day!! Too bad I didn't find many good crystals..:-(( these were the bigger ones we found with the older gentleman......

post-26872-0-03311200-1377654486_thumb.j

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Looks like you did pretty good. It is so easy to get turned around in the woods. Good Karma will come to you for rescuing the boy ...nice job !

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Went up to poke around yesterday with my kiddo......the area seems soo over dug. Wandered a bit further down the road and found some bigger ones, but all of them were broken...pretty, but not whole. My son found a horny toad to play with for a while too, he loves those little things. Is this the only area to find the crystals? I remember someone telling me about kohls ranch area, and reading somewhere about the same crystals being found in the payette draw area.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Lots of people collect along the road. The idea is to get off the beaten path, as the crystals are scattered all over several acres and well beyond. Like I said, bring a garden rake and rake off the pine needles down to the dirt. You will uncover crystals that may be laying right on the surface.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I'll try that next time I go up... I saw someone on the other side of the road that the sign is on, so maybe I'll poke around on that side next time as everyone seems to go on the side the sign is on. Maybe I'll even go all the way up to the lookout and look around there as well. Someone was cracking open those huge boulders too , seems like a lot of work to me, but you can't find anything spectacular unless you look for it.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Excellent crystals!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.

×
×
  • Create New...