About

Presented by Ales Patrick Krivanek,

Ravenstein Gem Co.

PANA mine was discovered in the summer of 2010 by David Wheatley and Randy Reinikka. 9 full size 20.6-acre claims were filed over the entire Little Eagle Butte hill and the surrounding areas.

The area of Little Eagle Butte was later coined "Butte Basin" by certain Gem TV stations and gems coming out of this new mine were labeled "Butte Sunstones". Catchy, but not exactly accurate.

 

Geology of Little Eagle Butte (PANA Mine and Sunstone Butte mine) is completely different from geology of the Rabbit Basin where all the other mines in the area are located. Rabbit Basin Sunstone deposits were created by violent volcanic activity during the Miocene epoch some 15 - 17 millions years ago. Each volcanic eruption created a new layer of lava spreading all across the Rabbit Basin area. Local miners must first blast thru up to 15-20 feet of bedrock before reaching the Sunstone bearing layers.  This process is both very labour intensive and very expensive.

 In contrary to this, PANA Mine and Sunstone Butte mine is laying on top of ancient volcano. Gemstones found in PANA Mine formed over time within a large magma chamber of calcium-rich magma that cooled very slowly. This process allowed for creation of gem crystals of exceptional quality, sizes and colors.

The volcanic cinder at PANA mine is fairly soft, mining is therefore easy and relatively fast compared to mining process used in Rabbit Basin.

 

Since 2011-2012 PANA mine started producing top gemmy Cuprian Labradorite Sunstone crystals in absolutely mind blowing colors and sizes. These Cuprian Oregon Sunstones include colors like: Chrome Green, Peacock Blue-Green, Grass Green, Blue-Teal, Purplish-Teal, many with a dichroic shift to intense Pink, Orange-Pink (some Padparadscha-like), vivid Orange, and several types of Red including the most valued "neon" Red and “Spinel” Red.

 

Certain gems produced in PANA mine are bi-color to multi-color while being dichroic or trichroic at the same time! Faceted gems can therefore display 2 or more distinctively different colors.

The type and intensity of each color gradually changes based on the angle of view. A phenomenon not seen in any other natural gemstone on the face of this Earth with exception of some rare multicolor / dichroic Tourmaline.

 

Not even Andalusite and other strongly dichroic gems can not duplicate the colors seen in majority of these rare Cuprian Sunstones. The range and intensity of colors seen in PANA mine Sunstones accented by copper schiller will put ANY other gemstone in shame!

 

The matter of fact is that Cuprian Labradorite Sunstones from PANA mine represent some of the rarest gems ever discovered! Low annual production of top quality stones further indicates that value of these gems will continue to grow rapidly, exactly as it was in case of Tourmaline, Imperial Topaz, Spinel or Sapphire in the past.

 

  In 2011 Randy and David split the PANA mine into two halves. David Wheatley kept 5 claims under a new Sunstone Butte name. Randy retained 4 claims under the original PANA mine name.

Ales Patrick Krivanek of Ravenstein Gem Co. purchased the mine in early 2017 and we will continue to supply high-quality rough to cutters and carvers around the Globe.  We also keep close to 1000 faceted PANA Mine cuprian Sunstone in stock in all colors, sizes and styles. All gems are precision hand faceted in Europe by our own group of highly skilled master cutters, please visit ravenstein-germany.com website for more information.

 

PANA mine with its exciting Cuprian Labradorite finally pushed the Oregon Sunstone to the forefront of the gemstone industry, together with gems like Sapphire, Aquamarine, Tanzanite, Emerald and Spinel.

 

 NOTE: The term "Butte Basin" is a completely bogus name which actually refers to PANA and/or Sunstone Butte mines.

 

 PANA mine Cuprian Oregon Sunstone for sale at: ravenstein-germany.com