Mine Your Own Crystals

 

PUBLIC QUARTZ CRYSTAL DIG

 

Our public quartz crystal dig at the Ocus Stanley Claim on Fisher Mountain. The Ocus Stanley Claim, which has been in operation since 1946, is the oldest public dig in the state of Arkansas. Weather permitting, the public dig is open six days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed on Mondays. Mining permits can be purchased at our shop at 11 Logan Gap Rd, Mt Ida, Arkansas 71957. The price is $25 each for adults, $20 each for seniors (60+), $10 each for children 7 to 15 and children under 7 are free.

 

 

PRIVATE GUIDED EXPERIENCES

 

AVANT MINING POCKET DIGS

2022 Price List

 

PRICING:

$1000-$10,000 (up to 2 people) entry to Fisher Mountain.  

More exclusive options available upon request/availability (for example the Lemurian Zone at the Zigras Mine).  

 

INFORMATION ON THE DIG:

$1000 or greater pocket dig:  

 

An employee will assist you or your group to ensure you are digging properly and find the correct value of crystals. You will be digging in a vein/pocket that has been freshly exposed by our team and that has not been mined prior.  We provide digger bars/tools and baskets to borrow.  This is generally a full day dig ie. 9am to 5pm, but we’ve had customers leave happy after only two hours.  After the dig we prefer the material is brought back to the warehouse to be inspected in Mt. Ida or Jessieville.  We will then determine if the crystals mined match the correct pricing for the dig.  In the event the material is not worth what has been paid then we will adjust the price of the dig to ensure your satisfaction.  If you reject the material you dug we will refund your purchase price and retain $350 to pay for our employee’s time.  If the value of crystals exceeds what you spend you will have an option to purchase them at wholesale pricing.  Many groups split the dig so it becomes more affordable and we do accommodate this option (two groups of 2 people).  

VALUATION:

 We value the crystals you mine on a wholesale basis.  Generally, if you spend $1000 for a dig you will find at least $1000-2000 worth of crystals.  Your satisfaction is guaranteed.  

Although there are other pocket digs out there, they do not take place at a location like the Garfield Lewis or Zigras Mines.  Both of these mines have produced pieces that are considered best of their type or best in the world for quartz.  For example, the Garfield Lewis produced the famous Japan-law twin quartz specimen which is on a 12” tall cluster and valued at $2.5 million.  We therefore need to observe and evaluate what is collected as these are not commercial mines producing commercial grade crystals.  

If you are on a budget and do not want to spend a significant amount of money crystal mining, we encourage you to research places to collect by hand in the Ouchita National Forest.  This is free of charge and although it is not likely that you will find world class crystals it is always fun to get out in the forest and dig.  More information can be found on the USDA Forest Service website.  

SAFETY:

The Zigras Mine is an active mine so hardhats are required to be worn at all times at this location.  You must sign a hold-harmless agreement and be given a more in-depth safety briefing when arriving at the site.  Gloves, tools and hardhats can be loaned for use.  

 

 

 MINE INFORMATION:

 

Garfield Lewis Claim, Montgomery County, Arkansas:

 Discovered by indigenous peoples in the pre-history of America.  Re-discovered by William Fisher in the late 1800s who eventually sold the claim to Garfield Lewis in the 1940s.  The claim was then leased by the US Government during WW2 for oscillator grade quartz mining.  It was sold to Don Burrow in the late 1970s who sold to the claim to Kenny Manley in the mid-1980s.  Manley then sold the claim to Ron Coleman in the early 90’s who forfeited the claim.  

The crystal bearing veins occur within Crystal Mountain sandstone which is Ordovician in age (about 450 million years old).  The quartz crystals themselves formed around 250 million years ago.  This mountain has produced the most valuable and important specimens within the Mt. Ida quartz crystal district also known as “The Crystal Capital of the World.” Fisher is famous amongst top collectors for producing what many experts regard as the finest Japan-law twin quartz in the world which is pictured on this page.  The Garfield Lewis Claim also produced the giant plate of quartz in the Smithsonian which has been on display there since 1945.  

 

Zigras Mine, Blue Springs, Garland County, Arkansas:

 This mine and the neighboring McEarl mine have produced what most experts regard as the finest clear quartz crystal specimens in the world.  The Lemurian Zone is an area we occasionally grant pocket digs.  This area produces not only amazing “Lemurian” or Muzo habit quartz but also superb blue-grey shale phantom inclusions.  

 

 BOOKING:

Call (870) 985-9988