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Researchers Trace History of Hope Diamond

Researchers using computer analysis have traced the origin of the famed Hope Diamond, concluding that it was cut from a larger stone that was once part of the crown jewels of France.

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Trade-Ins, Swaps and Like-Kind Exchanges


While most prospectors, mine operators and business owners are aware that “like-kind” exchanges can be an excellent way to postpone the gain resulting when any of the operation’s assets are disposed of, few give any thought to the value...

Buyer Beware! Counterfeit Metal Detectors


When I was recently in West Africa, I got to see and play with my first, phony, Chinese knock-off metal detector.

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Many suggestions had some pieces or parts that would work some of the time, but Dredger Dan’s suggestion was, in my humble opinion, the cleanest, cleverest, and most dependable.

Pickering Bar Revisited


panning at Pickering Bar, CaliforniaPickering Bar on the North Fork of the American River is a fascinating place. It’s remote, taking almost two hours to get there from the small mining town of Iowa Hill, which is in Placer County, California.

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