Geode Mining Process

People tend to ask the following question.  Where do geodes come from?

Take a quick tour of the World Famous Las Choyas Mine. It has been mined for the past 40 years. This type of geode is one of the most unpredictable in the world, meaning that you never know what treasure is found inside.  There are dozens of different mineral formations that can occur inside this specific type.  In the following are pictures of the mining operations that take place just to bring these beautiful geodes to you.

 

 

The geode bed runs 100 ft below the ground. A drilling machine is used to drill down to this layer.

Drilling Rig Geode Mine

Drilling Rig Geode Mine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is what the mine shaft looks like once the drilling is complete.

Geode Mine Shaft

Geode Mine Shaft

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once the geode bed is reached tunnels are made by pick and shovel.

Geode Mine Tunnel

Geode Mine Tunnel

 

 

 

 

 

The excess material is taken out by wheelbarrow.

Wheelbarrow Geode Mine

Wheelbarrow Geode Mine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Geodes are found embedded in the white clay which was once volcanic ash.

Geode in matrix volcanic ash in mine.

Geode in matrix volcanic ash in mine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once enough geodes are gathered they are sacked and lifted to the surface by a motorized winch. From here they are hauled to the warehouse, sized and sorted for hollowness. 80 % of what comes out of the mine is solid quartz or agate and only 20% is either hollow or semi hollow.

Geodes Extracted from Geode Mine

Geodes Extracted from Geode Mine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then they are transported to the sorting facility where they are hand sized and hefted to determine which ones are hollow.  Gem Center USA is one of the only companies that guarantees the geodes to be 95% hollow.

Geodes Leaving Geode Mine

Geodes Leaving Geode Mine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gem Center USA then distributes the geodes all over the world.

Geodes Distributed by Gem Center USA

Geodes Distributed by Gem Center USA