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I visited the Oceanview Mine in Play for a pay to dig day. The owner Jeff, his rather attractive sister and the mines engineer Steve all made it a great day. I did not do great, but beat off the skunk good. The upper clear pieces are Triphane (a yellowish Spodumene), the black is Shorl, black tourmaline. The rest are various colors of tourmaline. The big hot pink piece I purchased. The real hot pink is what the mine is most famous for ans I plan on cutting 4-5 nice cabs for jewelry.....it was a fun hard working day

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That's awesome Steve! I enjoyed my visit there a few years ago.

Your finds are great, and better than I did. I really wanted a nice Kunzite, but oh well. Be sure to post a pic of your large one cut up :brows:

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Spent the day in Pala back in the 80s and have some really nice in situ pieces I mounted. Put a Rubalette in my christmas tree nugget I wear. Watermelon is my all time favorite but few and far between as Pala digs new owners I've been told. Looks like a fun day Steve :yesss: John

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