An exceptional locality specimen , fossil clam with calcite crystals from Ruck’s pit in Okeechobee, FL.  These clams were buried under a tidal wave and are incredibly preserved.  The mine is closed, but the owner stockpiled a bunch of material.  you can make a reservation to dig there, they bring out sand with a Bobcat and dump it in piles.  Hess are provided and the collector merely has to rinse the sand off the rocks to find these amazing fossils. 

 

Patrick Lamberson walking the gulleys/gulches at Paradise Falls looking for Herkimer Diamond quartz crystals.  Paradise Falls is a private Herkimer Diamond locality located in Middleville, NY, U.S.A.  There was flooding days before this video was taken, see what minerals and/or crystals he finds!  

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Digging Herkimer Diamond quartz crystals in Fonda, New York.  Locality: Diamond Acres/Hastings Farm(Area 51 claim).  Nice big Herkimers come from this mine, as well as clear gems and drusy quartz.  The locality is public, but the claim is private.  Claims at this mine are full, there is a waiting list for new ones.

Digging some world class Herkimer Diamond quartz crystal and black druzy specimens at the Area 51 claim in Fonda, NY.  Huge crystals, gems, and black drusy quartz are all found here at this locality.  Here’s some highlights from an incredible collecting season.

Rockhounding a rain gullet after heavy rains at Paradise Falls Herkimer Diamond locality in Middleville, NY, U.S.A.  Many of these crystals are alluvial, and wash out of the dirt after rainy weather.  Not many(if any) Herkimer Diamond localities have such abundant surface finds as Paradise Falls does.

Here’s a slide show of McAdoo/Tresckow quartz crystal specimens, as well as some shots of crystal collecting the locality.  McAdoo is just south of Hazleton, Pennsylvania, and quartz crystals of up to 20+ LBS can be found in the abandoned strippin pit there, which locals nicknamed The Echo.

Doing some light digging for Herkimer Diamonds at Paradise Falls in Middleville, New York, U.S.A..  These are alluvial deposits and crystals are found on the surface, just below the surface, and in the rock ledge in pockets.  Some footage of the waterfalls as well in this video.

Huge Herkimer Diamond quartz crystals pulled from the Earth.  They sat in a void in the dolostone for 500 million years.  Hastings Farm/Diamond Acres in Fonda, New York.  These big ones are known to local miners as “Fonda Footballs”.  Vug/pocket crystal collecting at it’s finest.  Witness their birth below:

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Collecting black drusy quartz crystals and herkimer diamonds at the Area 51 Claim, Diamond Acres/Hastings Farm, Fonda NY.  the Area 51 Claim has produced some incredible specimens in the last couple seasons.