Juniper Ridge opal mine in Oregon
explored by Katerina Kestemont & Hubert Heldner in July 2003

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The opal mine is situated in Lake County about 60 miles from Lakeview and Exploited by Joe Gassaway and Ken Newnham. From mid june trough mid october, you may take an appointment and work for a day in the mine. Access is limited according to weather conditions and fire danger.
Visitors will be met by appointment at the Quartz mountain summit. This is 30 miles from Lakeview and 60 miles from Klammath Falls in south Oregon. At the mine there are no camping facilities, but a campground is near by. For more information about the mine go to :
www.juniperridgeopal.com


01 The Juniper Ridge opal mine in Oregon

02 Mine tour and geological explanation by Joe Gassaway.

03 The mine is very small only 6 people can work it at the same time.

04 Katerina is working a prime spot and finds large nodules.

05 Yellow, orange and red opals are found, in sizes up to 30 cm.

06 In a day you may fill a bucket with good colored opals.

07 US$ 100.- will be the charge for the first bucket, aproximately 10 Kg.

08 As the basalt is quite hard, all precautions are taken to avoid fracturing the opal.

09 Oregon Opal with a sandblasted surface
"a fruit of passion"
CHF 1675.-

10 Oregon Opal with a sandblasted surface
"flying high"

11 Juniper Ridge opal / sold

12 Oregon Opal this is my favorite
"dragon's dream" / sold

13 Juniper Ridge opal / sold

14 Oregon Opal "dragon's dream" / sold

15 Oregon Opal
"beeing" 65.55 ct CHF 550.-

16 Juniper Ridge opal
"papilion"/ sold

17 Oregon Opal in matrix with ebony / CHF 690.- / 52 gramms / 86 mm

18 Mexican Opal
"seduction" 47.14 ct CHF 2280.-

19 Oregon Opal with coral / CHF 490.- / 38 gramms / 53 mm

20 Oregon Opal
"dragon's dream" / sold

21 Oregon Opal and yellow gold 0.750 / sold

22 Oregon Opal in matrix with ebony / CHF 490.- / 51 gramms / 73 mm

23 Oregon Opal and yellow gold 0.750 / CHF 875.-

24 Oregon Opal in matrix with ebony / CHF 690.- / 52 gramms / 86 mm

25 Oregon Opal in matrix with ebony / CHF 490.- / 51 gramms / 73 mm

26 Oregon Opal in matrix
"the dawning" / sold

27 Oregon Opal with matrix / CHF 490.- / 101 gramms / 76 mm

28 Oregon Opal
"wings" CHF 350.-

29 Oregon Opal with a sandblasted surface
"a fruit of passion"
CHF 1675.-

30 Oregon Opal "Emerging" 60.16 ct CHF 2480.-

31 Oregon Opal / sold
Hubert Heldner July 2003