The pit was deep and the pink quartz was everywhere shining like diamonds in the sunlight. I collected every piece of translucent pink I could find in a variety of sizes up to 15 pound chunks. Each piece seemed to be more awesome than the last. I could not stop myself.
By the end of that first day, I had five 5 gallon buckets full of nothing but pink.
The Hogg Mine is known worldwide as one of the best places to collect rose quartz in the US. The colors of the rose quartz collected from Hogg range from very light pink to pale to deep pink. It seems that the larger the piece, the pinker the specimen.
The rose quartz was easy to find because it was everywhere on the ground and in the pits. This was a very successful dig.
Once I got home with my load of rose quartz, I separated it by size, clarity, and color. I did a tumbled batch and slabbed a few larger chunks. I have seen this material faceted into some of the most beautiful dusty pink gemstones. The cabochons created from this material will star just like a sapphire.
That big 15 pound chunk of rose quartz I collected? It sits by our garden for the fairies to enjoy.
You can find all of the rose quartz specimens that we currently have on etsy by clicking here - and here's a teaser, another piece of rose quartz that I collected at the Hogg Mine that day that we've turned into an air plant garden with the addition of a beautiful little tillandsia ...
I spent the next two days digging for other minerals, like aquamarine beryl, black tourmaline, and biolite, so stay tuned for more.