The Secrets of Screening!

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Looking for interesting crystals and gems is a rewarding hobby, even if you don’t hit the jackpot. There are many different ways to experience gem hunting, from fee digs to staking your mining claim.

When gem-hunting, the screening process is the most important step. Guidebooks can help you distinguish and identify specimens but making sure to screen correctly will make certain you are not missing any diamonds in the rough!

Jeff Swanger, the owner of the Oceanview Mine in Pala, California, made this informative video with best screening techniques to help you get the most from your visit.

Many people make a lot of mistakes like pile digging, shaking the screen, dog paddling and more. This video will help you correct the common mistakes and get you better results on your gem hunting adventures!

Some tips include: Gems and crystals often have a coating of earth that needs to be washed off to be able to see if they are worth keeping. Pick up handfuls and throw your discards under the table. Look for the better pieces to keep, and put it right in the bucket you bring from home.

Following the simple instructions on this video can help you find treasure on every dig!

Check back tomorrow for T-shirt Tuesday.

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