Southern California is one of the most important areas in the world for the production of gem quality and specimen quality tourmaline. Numerous mines over the past 100 years have also produced turquoise, garnet, morganite, aquamarine, topaz, kunzite, and many other gems.
Gems of Pala is a locally owned and operated business. Our owners Blue Sheppard and his wife Shannon are onsite to personally greet you. Blue has over 52 years of experience with gems and minerals. to share with you.
The world famous Himalaya Tourmaline Mine is located in Mesa Grande on quiet, Gem Hill across the valley from Mt. Polomar in San Diego County, California. The mine is an underground five mile labyrinth of steep passageways that were dug, drilled, and blasted over the past 100 years. There are several gem grade tourmaline mines in San Diego
The Himalaya Tourmaline Mine is located near Santa Ysabel, CA at Lake Henshaw in the beautiful Mesa Grande. We offer a fun gem and crystal dig to the public. Visit our dig at Lake Henshaw Resort where you will dig and screen through ore from the world famous Himalaya Mine. Many minerals can be found including pink and green tourmaline, black
One of the earliest reports of tourmaline in California was in 1892. In the late 1800s, tourmaline became known as an American gem through the efforts of Tiffany gemologist George F. Kunz. He wrote about the tourmaline deposits of Maine and California, and praised the stones they produced.
California State Gem Mine, New Idria District, California The Benitoite Gem mine is famous for its rare and unique gemstone, benitoite. The Benitoite Gem mine is located on a small mining claim (the Dallas claim) in San Benito County, California, about halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco.
Above all else, the credit must go to the Tourmaline Queen herself. The Tourmaline Queen Mine located in Pala, San Diego County, California, has always inspired mineral collectors, high graders and geologists. It was originally claimed by Frank Salmons and Associates in March, 1903. Exploratory work yielded some 80 pounds of gem tourmaline.
Visit the Oceanview Mine and Pala Chief Mine for a chance to find your own gemstourmalines, kunzites, morganites and more Your visit allows you a unique view of the only actively working underground mine in the world famous Pala Gem mining district. Come visit us for this unique experiencelike nothing else in the world.
The Oceanview Mine is located in Pala, California, and is also open to the public. In addition to renting out gem hunting equipment, gem hunters can also see actual gems being mined. The Stewart Mine, located near the Oceanview Mine, had one of the largest pink tourmaline mining operations in the late 1800s. The mine is not open to the public
Welcome Welcome to the Pala Chief Mine Located in beautiful Pala, California the Pala Chief is one of the oldest gem mines in San Diego County, and is one of the only historic mines still being actively worked in the hunt for American gemstones.