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Rockhounding

Found nowhere else in the world, Lake County Diamonds are a semiprecious stone that has lured both amateur and professional rockhounds from all over. Lake County also has an abundance of obsidian, onyx, agate, jasper, quartz, travertine, jade, petrified wood, and clamshell fossils – many of which are the result of the Clear Lake Volcanic Field.

Ancient eruptions of the Clear Lake Volcanic Field resulted in a wealth of minerals in the hills of Lake County. Unique to the area are glistening “Lake County diamonds,” semi- precious stones capable of cutting glass with a hardness rating of 7.5 to 8; actual diamonds rate a 10. After faceting and polishing, the brilliance of Lake County diamonds is very close to that of actual diamonds. Other minerals include black, glass-like obsidian that was used by Pomo Indians for hunting instruments and tools and for trade with other tribes, as well as onyx, agate, quartz, travertine, and jasper.  Note: Avoid collecting in areas marked as protected and always get permission if an area is privately owned.

Where to Find Minerals
• Bottle  Rock Road,  Kelseyville:  LC diamonds, obsidian
• Old Hobergs Airport Area and Snows Lake: LC diamonds
• Cobb Mountain: LC diamonds
• Hwy 29 from Hwy 281 to Lower Lake: obsidian
• Soda Bay Road, Kelseyville: obsidian
• Middle Creek, Upper Lake: jasper
• St. Helena Creek, Middletown: agate, jasper

Lake County Rockhounds
Meet first Wednesday of the month at 6:00 p.m. at Redbud Library.
14785 Burns Valley Road
Clearlake, CA 95422
(707) 995-1189

The following shops offer an array of rough and faceted Lake County Diamonds, rough and polished rocks, minerals and crystals, lapidary and other equipment. Most offer jewelry: custom, pewter, sterling-silver, stonebeaded. Some offer body jewelry, ear piercing, pewter, and metaphysical supplies, or oil paintings, or art classes. Call ahead for more information.

Ed & Linda's Place
14118 Lakeshore Drive
Clearlake, CA  95422
(707) 994-2905
Magoon's North Custom Jewelry & Art Gallery
360 N. Main Street
Lakeport, CA  95453
(707) 263-1140
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, weekends by appointment
Pastel, oil, acrylic, and watercolor paintings. Stone, clay, wood, bronze, and mixed-media sculptures. Custom-designed jewelry and pottery.
Nature's Finest
2740 Reeves Lane
Lakeport, CA  95453
(707) 263-8856

Lake County Diamonds - Legendary Beauty from Natures Timeless Source. One ancient legend says that the fiery gems are tears shed by Moon over the forbidden love of her handsome young chieftain.  Another legend says that they are crystallized tears shed by chieftain Kah-Bel while he climbed the slopes of Mount Konocti to visit the graveside of his beloved daughter, Princess Lupiyoma.  Science has its own explanation for these wonders of nature.  Lake County has been the scene of incredible volcanic activity throughout its ancient past.  Mount Konocti, the area's defining landmark, is a dormant volcano where past lava flows of magma and basalt were contained under enormous pressure with high temperatures. 
When you purchase a Lake County Diamond, you get not only an exquisite one-of-a kind natural gem, but also a piece of our region's natural history and romantic Native American past.
Genuine Lake County Diamond jewelry, Gold Jewelry, precious and semi-precious gems available by custom order.  Call for hours.

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