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California Diamonds

Most of the world's diamonds come from Africa and Australia, but several new discoveries in the United States and Canada have spurred interest.

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Melman on Gold & Silver


We’re all familiar with the saying, “What goes up must come down,” but last month the markets took the opposite tack and the mantra became, “What went down must come up” as strong rallies moved the Dow, NASDAQ and even our world of gold higher.

My Great Nevada Adventure


…with renewed determination and a belief in success, I did finally find a nugget. It was there waiting under a bush not 50 feet from my truck.

The Bawl Mill


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Captain Obvious Strikes Again


The paper’s crack reporters filed requests under the Freedom of Information Act, demanding public release of “secret” emails explaining why the Interior Department recommended, and President Trump approved, shrinking Bears’ Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante National Monuments.

Picks & Pans: Nuggetshooting Around Cactus


I mostly nugget hunt within the Great Basin and Mojave desert areas of California and Nevada, and less frequently the Sonoran desert of Arizona. I have discovered the gamma grass, sagebrush and creosote areas of the Great Basin and Mojave are friendlier to nuggetshoot than the vegetation within the Sonoran desert.

The Carson City Mint


In the early 1860s, the rich mines of Virginia City and the surrounding area were pouring forth millions of dollars in gold and silver each year. Additional mines located at White Pine, Aurora, Humboldt and other Nevada locations were also yielding millions in gold and silver.

Looking Back


Excerpts from California Mining Journal, our original title, published 50 years ago this month.

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