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Newletter Archive > October 2012 - Petoskey Stone, Concentrators, Black Cat on TV, Rogue River Nugget, and Paydirt
October 2012 - Petoskey Stone, Concentrators, Black Cat on TV, Rogue River Nugget, and PaydirtSubscribe to our newsletter
Featured Stone: Petoskey
Last month we did an article on Chlorastrolite, Michigan's State Gemstone. This month our feature stone is also from Michagan. The Petoskey Stone is Michagan's State Stone, has a very similar turtleback look to Chlorastrolite, but is formed through a completely different process. Petoskey stones are fragments of fossilized coral reef that were originally deposited about 350 million years ago when northern Michigan was under a sea of warm water.
The stone was named Petoskey because of the abundance found in the Petoskey area. The city of Petoskey was named after an Ottawa Indian Chief, Chief Pet-O-Sega. "Pet-O-Sega" means "Rays of the Rising Sun". The eye of the stone is seen as the sun, and the lines or tentacles are seen as the rays radiating from the sun.
ConcentratorsFinal cleanup is a breeze with a good set of classifiers and a piece of high quality recirculating gold concentrating equipment specifically designed for fine gold recovery. Here's a run down of what's on the market.
The Blue Bowl is one of the better pieces of equipment for catching very fine gold. Water is pumped into the bowl and drains through a center tower. Lighter material spirals around the bowl, up the side of the tower and out the hole in the middle. Heavier material, i.e. gold, sits on the bottom or tower base.
The Desert Fox is a self contained, recirculating spiral panning machine that processes concentrates quickly and efficiently. Adjustable angle and water flow and the variable speed option allow you to set the speed specific to the material you are running for better recovery. Just spoon feed the material and watch your gold climb up the spiral right into your capture cup.
The Pro-Camel 24, with it's big 24" diameter spiral gold wheel is the largest 12V spiral gold pannning machine currently in production. The manufacturer's spec sheet list 400lbs per hour capacity - one heck of a lot of concentrate! This is a high production wheel.
The Gold Genie spiral gold wheels feature a 12V recirculating pump and a big 18" blue wheel that highlights the gold and black sands as they climb the face of the pan. The deep cut spirals have sharp edges that allow the Genie to work wet or dry and uses a 10" gold pan instead of a capture cup for higher volume processing. The Gold Genie is high quality equipment designed for years of use.
Regardless of the concentrator equiptment you choose, classify first and run the same size material together for best results. It is also helpful if your equipment is level.
Black Cat on TV...Charter Cable subscribers in Southern Oregon, look for our new tv spots airing during episodes of your favorite gold and treasure shows.
Rogue River Nugget!James and Denise McCarville, stopped by this month to show of a beautiful gold nugget that James picked up in the Rogue River near our store in Southern Oregon. The nugget weighs nearly four ounces! By all accounts, this is the largest gold nugget ever recovered out of the upper Rogue River.
Fancy Litter - Gold Panning Concentrates Back in Stock!Black Cat's very own Fancy Litter Gold Panning Concentrates is back in stock and sure to please the prospector (or pampered kitty) on your list. Every bag contains real gold!
Each bag is 1.5 lbs of pure Oregon pay dirt. These gold bearing concentrates are loaded with heavy black sands, small pebbles, the odd bit of lead shot and of course, gold!
These concentrates are the real deal, and tough to pan, so will definitely help to hone the skills of new panners and provide a challenge even for experienced prospectors.
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