Tourmalines, kunzites, morganites, others. Oceanview mine, the Pala Gem District’s only actively working underground mine, opens its tailings Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays (10:30 a.m.–3 p.m.) to anybody willing to try. You supply $60, they supply screens, water, buckets, shovels, and a big pile of tailings that they have gone through already. You’re hoping they’ve missed a few gems. You keep what you find. Sixty bucks buys you four hours to sluice out a few gemstone scraps, often a sore sacroiliac, and always a fever to come back and try again.
|Sunday||10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.|
|Thursday||10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.|
|Saturday||10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.|