FEE DIGGING AT PANA MINE 2019

 Hello rockhounds and friends, we just wanted to inform you that Pana Mine no longer offers fee digging. Please visit Fee digging on the Oregon Sunstone Guide web and schedule your  next Oregon Sunstone fee digging at Double Eagle mine, Spectrum mine or Dust Devil mine. Thank you very much for your understanding.

DIRECTIONS TO PANA MINE

(FROM LAKEVIEW THRU PLUSH)

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As mentioned, roads to the mine are far from perfect. If you don’t have 4x4 don’t even attempt to take the trip after heavy rains or snow fall. The ground is soft, muddy and non-passable for regular cars. If you visit us during the late spring and summer months, those are usually more dry and you will not experience any major issues (besides occasional flat tire). Always check the weather forecast before taking the trip.

 

 

Dirt roads around the mining area can be categorized as:

1.  Good (for example the Hogback Road connecting Plush and Hwy 395 N)

 

2.  OK (dirt roads around Dust Devil and Spectrum mines)

 

3.  Fairly Bad (Corn Lake Rd. off Hogback Rd)

 

4.  Pretty fu.. up (most of the above mentioned after rainfall or snowfall, or the last 2 kilometer stretch of the road leading to PANA Mine and Sunstone Butte mine

 

Please make sure to have at least one (2 are better) easily accessible spare tires, car jack (floor jacks are the best), fully charged cellphone (even though the signal around the mines is weak to non-existent but if an accident happens and you get stuck, walking to the nearest high point should get you some Verizon signal).

 

Thank you again and we are hoping to see you at the mine soon!

 

FAQ

  • ●  What is Cuprian Labradorite Sunstone?

    The word “cuprian” means “copper bearing” or “colored by copper”. For example extremely rare and expensive Paraiba Tourmaline is colored by copper. Copper causes the gem to exhibit a range of colors from pink and red thru chrome green and peacock green-blue. Even schiller sunstone and most golden sunstones are also copper bearing.

  • ●  What is the most valued color of Oregon Sunstone?

    By far the rarest and most valuable color is Blue and Green. Typically Blue gems have always some green in it. The rule of thumb is “more vivid the color is, more expensive it is per carat”. Some pure red gems are also very valuable, namely the what we call “neon red” or “spinel red” are two of the most desirable and expensive colors. There are a number of other types of red, orange and pink (including a very rare “padparadscha” type). I urge you to read our Oregon Sunstone Buying Guide on ravenstein-germany.com to get more up to date information. Scroll all the way down on the homepage to find the guides.

  • ●  What is the hardness of Oregon Sunstone and is it suitable for jewelry?

    The hardness of Oregon Sunstone ranges from 6.5 to 7.2 on Moh´s scale. Hardness of a single crystal can vary based on it´s orientation (axis). Oregon Sunstone is similar in hardness to / or harder than gems like Tanzanite, Peridot, Amethyst, Tourmaline or Garnet. Therefore suitable for jewelry wear. Exceptional gems from Pana mine are especially suitable for high-class jewelry.

  • ●  Can I find large or very expensive gem myself?

    YES! Absolutely! Luck is a wonderful thing but hard work goes hand in hand with it. If you register as a fee digger with us, you will be given a rare chance to work directly with miners, side by side and sort thru the very same pre-processed ore we screen ourselves to find these gems. There are green, blue-teal or red gems in up to 1000 ct+! So schedule the date, prepare for the trip and visit us at PANA Mine!

  • ●  Are there other mines in the area offering fee digging?

    Yes, and several of them. You can spend a day or two with us at PANA Mine and than you can try your luck at the following mines:

    1. Double Eagle (one of the best mines for fee digging in Oregon producing some great pinks, reds and dichroic Sunstones)
    2. Dust Devil mine (some amazing red and watermelon sunstones can be found on their claims. Owners are very good and friendly people and you will have a great time there)
    3. Spectrum mine (great gems, very well equipped mine. You will not regret visiting this one for sure)

    Each mine has its own rules and fee digging prices so do your own online research and contact the mine owners in advance.

  • ●  Can I purchase faceting rough or specimen grade crystals at wholesale price?

    Our prices are strictly based on volume. If you buy one or two pieces you will pay substantially more (per gram) than if you buy 1 kilo bag or more. We simply guarantee best price-to-quality ratio!

  • ●  Do you offer gem cutting services?

    I keep my 7 European cuttters busy with our own projects but sometimes we are able to cut smaller batches of up to few dozens of few hundreds of gems. We will not facet badly included, fractured or badly shaped rough. Contact us first with details about your rough. We typically charge between $ 7 and $ 9 per finished carat. All of our cutting is of top quality. All gems are cut by certified, highly skilled master cutters by hand. Typical turnaround time is between 2 and 3 months.

  • ●  What is the typical cutting yield of Oregon Sunstone?

    Based on my years of experience the yield ranges anywhere between 3% and 30%. Nevertheless, our own long-term average yield remains at around 18%. In other words a 20 gram (100 carat) piece of rough can yield an 18 carat finished faceted stone. This is a fairly low number compared to for example gems from alluvial deposits like Garnets, Spinel or Sapphire. Well shaped to ideally shaped alluvial pebbles will offer much higher yield, typically between 30% and 45%+.

  • ●  Will every piece of rough yield a nice faceted Sunstone?

    No! Most inexperienced people have a very unreasonable expectations regarding this issue. Even a fairly clean piece of rough may not yield a finished stone. There are way too many variables at play so rather keep your expectations low then be pleasantly surprised with the outcome, than the other way around. If a beautiful faceted gemstones is what you desire for your collection, jewelry or investment, we offer hundreds of them to choose from. So rather then purchasing a piece of rough and then taking a risk and cutting it, you can purchase a top-quality US or EU cut PANA Mine Oregon Sunstone from our extensive stock. We offer best price-to-quality ratio, guaranteed!

As mentioned, roads to the mine are far from perfect. If you don’t have 4x4 don’t even attempt to take the trip after heavy rains or snow fall. The ground is soft, muddy and non-passable for regular cars. If you visit us during the late spring and summer months, those are usually more dry and you will not experience any major issues (besides occasional flat tire). Always check the weather forecast before taking the trip.

 

 

Dirt roads around the mining area can be categorized as:

 

1.  Good (for example the Hogback Road connecting Plush and Hwy 395 N)

 

 

 

2.  OK (dirt roads around Dust Devil and Spectrum mines)

 

 

 

3.  Fairly Bad (Corn Lake Rd. off Hogback Rd)

 

 

 

4.  Pretty fu.. up (most of the above mentioned after rainfall or snowfall, or the last 2 kilometer stretch of the road leading to PANA Mine and Sunstone Butte mine

 

 

 

 

Please make sure to have at least one (2 are better) easily accessible spare tires, car jack (floor jacks are the best), fully charged cellphone (even though the signal around the mines is weak to non-existent but if an accident happens and you get stuck, walking to the nearest high point should get you some Verizon signal).

 

Thank you again and we are hoping to see you at the mine soon!

 

FAQ

As mentioned, roads to the mine are far from perfect. If you don’t have 4x4 don’t even attempt to take the trip after heavy rains or snow fall. The ground is soft, muddy and non-passable for regular cars. If you visit us during the late spring and summer months, those are usually more dry and you will not experience any major issues (besides occasional flat tire). Always check the weather forecast before taking the trip.

 

 

Dirt roads around the mining area can be categorized as:

 

1.  Good (for example the Hogback Road connecting Plush and Hwy 395 N)

 

 

 

2.  OK (dirt roads around Dust Devil and Spectrum mines)

 

 

 

3.  Fairly Bad (Corn Lake Rd. off Hogback Rd)

 

 

 

4.  Pretty fu.. up (most of the above mentioned after rainfall or snowfall, or the last 2 kilometer stretch of the road leading to PANA Mine and Sunstone Butte mine

 

 

 

 

Please make sure to have at least one (2 are better) easily accessible spare tires, car jack (floor jacks are the best), fully charged cellphone (even though the signal around the mines is weak to non-existent but if an accident happens and you get stuck, walking to the nearest high point should get you some Verizon signal).

 

Thank you again and we are hoping to see you at the mine soon!

 

DIRECTIONS TO PANA MINE

(FROM LAKEVIEW THRU PLUSH)