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The 2023 calendar for High Desert Gems & Minerals' upcoming gem shows and mining events


Madras, Oregon

Madras Rock, Gem & Mineral Show Booth # 32,33

June 22-25, 2023

Jefferson County Fairgrounds

430 S.W. Fairgrounds Rd. Madras, OR 97741

Trilobite Me Quarry Dig Open April 1st - October 10th, 9am - 5pm Reservations required

Spectrum Sunstone Mine is open daily May 15th - November 1st 9am - 5pm No reservations required! Just show up!

Royston Royal Blue Turquoise Mine Opens March 15th 2023 Reservations required.

Himalaya Toumaline Mine is currently closed.

Nevada blue chalcedony

Publications & Films

September 2015 Grant’s Getaways from KGW TV in Portland visited Spectrum Sunstone Mine!  Click here for the video on Grant’s Travel website!!  Ore watch on YouTube here.

2009 Sept/Oct. Gold Prospectors Magazine (GPAA), Featured Article Titled Oregon Sunstones, by Carrie Milanoski of www.pioneerliving.net

2008 December, Cash & Treasures TV Program on Travel Channel featured our Himalaya Tourmaline Mine gem dig.

2006 April , The Travel Channel visited the Spectrum Mine and filmed a program, Cash & Treasures in which the hostess found a 31 carat RED! John Bailey (www.gemstoneartist.com) faceted a 10 carat stone from the gem, which was appraised by Bonhams & Butterfields Auctions (www.bonhams.com/us) for over $5000.00!!!!

2004 June Lapidary Journal, “Sunstones Rising” by Chris Rose

Minerals Of Nevada. “Gemstone Mines” Chris Rose, 2004

2000 February North County Times, “Man mines for hidden treasure in Mesa Grande” by Scott Varley

1999 June Lapidary Journal, “Heading West” by Chris Rose and Judith Rose

1999 February Lapidary Journal, “The Himalaya Rises Again” by Mark Lurie

1998 January Lapidary Journal, “The Spice of Light” by Chris Rose and Judith Rose

1997 June Lapidary Journal, “Out of the Blue” by Christopher H. Rose

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