Dust Devil Mine
Dust Devil Mining Co. was
founded by rock hounds who believe the Oregon Sunstone is on
the threshold of becoming a very popular gemstone and that
demand will cause the price increase considerably over the next
few years. Partners Terry and Jude Clark and Don and Patsy
Buford searched BLM records for the entire state and discovered
three abandoned Sunstone claims in the Central Oregon High
Desert near Plush, Oregon. The number of claims grew from three
to nine, then fifteen, seventeen, and now twenty-five,
including opal and varicite claims in Nevada and fire agate
claims in California.
The Dust Devil Mine is now one of largest gemstone mining operations in the U.S. The mine is also one of the most environmentally conscious mines using large equipment.
Oregon Sunstone was officially named the Oregon State Gemstone by Governor Neil Goldschmidt and the Oregon legislature in 1987. Since that time Oregon Sunstone has been gaining popularity with collectors, artists, and jewelry lovers everywhere. It is now one of the leading gemstones mined in the U.S.