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Death Valley Pearl

Death Valley Pearl
1 pound bag of Death Valley Pearl in natural desert sand.
Item # 501DVP   $10

Known as Ulexite, stones are satin clear white to opaque color and is easily dyed. Limited number of bags.

The Death Valley pearl was first discovered in Death Valley in the 1880's when it was mined as an important Boron source.  As a Borate ore, it is still mined today in the Mojave Desert region. When Ulexite is cut and polished, its brilliance is unique and rare. Used in earrings, necklaces, and lovely cabochon belt buckles.

Miner Jake's "Original" Treasure Sack
Miner Jake's "Original" Treasure Sack

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Our Treasures in a Bag "grab bag" is full of fun odds and ends. You never know what you'll get with Miner Jake's "Original" Treasure Sack! Every bag is unique.Some of the contents are: both polished and rough stones, gems and surprises. Bag content will vary depending on season and the mines we visit. The quality is always maintained, but variety keeps customers coming back for more.

Instructions included in each sack.

One of our best sellers at our mining store!

Lake County DiamondsLake County Diamonds
2 pound bag of Lake County Diamonds and dirt from mine fields.
Item # 500LCD $20
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Guaranteed to contain natural Lake County Diamonds

Unearth and discover the beauty of these rare gems- called “Lake County Diamonds”. These small sparkling gems are mineralogical oddities (rarities) only found in one region of the world in Northern California. Because of their extreme clarity is so clear, Lake county diamonds are a very desirable natural gemstone for faceters worldwide and for wire wrapping as jewelry. They are mostly clear and colorless in appearance, but also can be found in desirable violet (amethyst) color or amber, light yellow, or smoke, pale pink and Lt blue.

Now Treasures In A Bag ™ has packaged a small bag of “diamonds” for you to mine and enjoy in your own home or as a gift. They are unique and fun to search through and can be a healthy addiction.

Their hardness is 7.5-8 on the Mohs scale. African diamonds are a hardness of 10. Lake County Diamonds are harder than quartz, which have a hardness of 7. Placing them in a category of their own though some place them in the quartz family. Most Lake County Diamonds are small; Their quality in appearance makes up for their size. You can enjoy the gems you find in a glass locket as a necklace, earrings or a ring. Others may want to keep them in a display vial.

Oregon Desert SunstonesOregon Desert Sunstones
1 pound bag of Sunstones in native desert dirt.
Item #501OSS   $10

These lovely gemstones will emerge when the surrounding soil is washed off through sifting and sorting. Sunstones are clear to straw or light yellow in color.

Premium Oregon Desert Sunstones Oregon Desert Sunstones
2 pound bag of Sunstones in native desert dirt.
Item #502OSS $20
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Larger bag to discover your gems within. Color ranges from clear to straw color, and some may have pink to red or specks of green schiller.


Red garnetsRed Garnets
1 pound bag of red garnets in river bed gravel and soil
Item #503RG $12

Gold & Garnets
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Tiny rough, red gemstones will emerge when the surrounding soil is washed off through sifting and sorting.

Garnet is the birth stone for January. The most common colors of garnet are red and dark red. In the past, thin slices of garnet have been used in church and temple windows. It has been told that Noah suspended garnet in the ark in order to disperse light for the 40 days. Garnet has also been carried by travelers for protection.

Garnet is widely distributed, especially in the vicinity of granite contacts. It is usually found in small rounded grains of red to purplish color. The largest quantity recorded was from the black sands at Rough and Ready, California, at 446 pounds to the ton.

The name garnet comes from the Roman word "granatus" that meaning seed, as the gems were thought to resemble small red pomegranate seeds.

Beach Treasure Bucket

Beach Treasure Bucket
2 pound bucket with sand & ocean treasures
Item #502BOT $12

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Beach Sand & Ocean Treasures –Pirate Bootie, Seashells, colorful sea glass, and surprise old coins and more hidden within beach sand in its own clear bucket. What will you discover in your beach bucket? Perfect gift for anyone that loves the beach. 

Treasures for the young and young at heart! Appropriate for the youngest of hunters.

Deluxe Treasures Bucket
Bucket of assorted rocks, minerals, with bonus!
Item #503SSRM $23.95

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Assorted natural rough, polished rocks and minerals from around the world for you to discover!  Includes a faceted gemstone hidden in each bucket for you to hunt for deep within the bucket. Perfect for your rock and mineral collection. Kids love the hunting and the variety of treasures!

Mixed Polished Gem Stone Panning MixMixed Polished Gem Stone Panning Mix
2 pound bag of soil & gemstones from around the world.
Item #504MDB   $20
-currently out of stock-

This mix is in natural mine rock with pay dirt panning concentrate.

Your treasure bag will contain assorted polished gemstones and will vary depending on the bag: Alexandrite, Amethyst, Aquamarine, Beryl, Citrine, Emerald, Garnet, Iolite, Jade, Jasper, Lapis, Moonstone, Peridot, Pyrite, Quartz, Rhodonite, Ruby, Sapphire, Spinel, Tanzanite, Tiger eye, Topaz, Turquoise, and Zircon as well as many more stones in natural dirt for your collection.   Each bucket varies in stones, making it fun for multiple buckets to go through.

Peridot Gemstone mixPeridot Gemstones
2 pound bag of Peridot and gravel soil
Item #505CG   $15

Peridot stones are becoming harder to find. In this mix, you will discover hidden in panning concentrate gravel soil small green clear stones of all sizes.

Peridot is an August birthstone and is a beautiful light green gemstone. Rated at 6.5 to 7.0 on the Mohs scale of hardness. Limited quantity of this item!

Real Placer GoldReal Placer Gold
Item #5689
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Actual drywasher concentrates from the California Mojave Desert. Guaranteed to contain real gold, quartz, rhyolite, etc, right out of the desert! Includes suction tweezers to pick the gold up out of your pan and a small glass vial to display the gold. See what real native placer gold looks like in your pan. Learn to pan properly by panning the same gravel over and over.

"Poor Miner's" or "Fool's Gold"Poor Miner’s Gold
1 small bag of Fools Gold, sure to bring you "Gold Fever”
Item #506 PMG $ 2.99 bag
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Pyrite is also known as “Fool's Gold” because of its brassy yellow color, which is very similar to gold. Although Pyrite looks like gold, its other physical properties are very different from gold. Pyrite is harder than gold (6 to 6.5 on the Mohs scale), it is less dense, and more brittle. Pyrite leaves a greenish-black streak when tested while gold leaves a golden-yellow streak.

Pyrite is often associated with the presence of gold and copper, and locating fool's gold when prospecting may mean the real thing isn't too far off!


3 pounds, multiple rocks
Item #507 OB   $15

Obsidian in sizes ranging from 1 pound to 10 pounds for each uncut stone.

Obsidian, an igneous, black glassy volcanic rock, forms when lava cools quickly. It is a result of volcanic lava coming in contact with water, perhaps a lake or river. This produced a glassy texture. Iron and magnesium give the obsidian a black color.

Obsidian has been used by ancient people as cutting tools, weapons, arrows and knives, and for ceremonial purposes. We will send you slightly more than 15 pounds when possible.

Item # 508 GEO $2.99 each

Small 1 to 2 inch sized geodes with unique crystal formation inside each treasure. A must-have for any rock collector. Kids love them!

Gem TweezersGem Tweezers
Perfect for picking out your gems from your Treasure Bags™
Item #601GV   $ 1.00 ea




Arrowhead reproductionsArrowheads- Reproductions
Item # 607 AH          $1.00 ea
Item # 607AHD        1 dozen assorted: $10


Created from assorted rocks including obsidian, flint and other stones crafted like the Native Americans made. Various stone spearheads and arrowheads were used in everyday life for their weapons and hunting tools. These arrowheads are perfect for using for jewelry or other projects. Each arrowhead varies in stone and shape.

Plastic Suction Tweezers

Plastic Suction Tweezers
Item #
609 PST            50¢ each
Item # 609 PSTD $5.00 Dozen

These tweezers make it easy to pick up even the finest gold out of your pan. Remember to use a vial to put your gold in as you find it – see our vials.

Quartz crystal pointsQuartz Crystal Points
Item # 607 QCP         $1.50 each
Item # 607 QCPD   1 dozen $ 16.50

Pure and naturally beautiful, these points come from the earth in this natural state as Quartz Crystal points, sold individually or save by buying 12. Each crystal is unique and will vary in size and shape. Perfect for jewelry, to add to your rock and mineral collection or create art projects. This is an excellent special price for these wonders.

Stainless steel bowl classifierStainless Steel Bowl Classifier
# 608 SSBC                            
$3.95 each

Stainless steel bowl classifier for easy sifting and cleaning of your gemstones, minerals, and rocks.

Treasure detector scoop

Treasure Detector Scoop

Item # 608 TS  

$8.50 each (green)

Copper Mining Nugget BagCopper Mining Nugget Bag
#706CN  $ 12
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2 lb of small Copper nuggets in soil. These small copper nuggets are the only metal other than gold that has natural color. Other metals are either gray or white.
Copper does not corrode, rust, or damage easily. A fund additional to a collection. Use a sifting screen and water to unearth your Copper Mining Nugget Bag

Did you know?:
Virtually every electrical appliance in the home or office uses copper, air conditioners and computers VCR, television, stereo  are all dependent upon copper. Cars, boats and ships, airplanes, and railroad engines also use copper as well.

The Statue of Liberty has 200,000 pounds of copper sheeting covering her.

The first known use of copper dates back 10,000 years. One of the famous Dead Sea Scrolls, found in a cave in Israel, is made of copper. This unique scroll does not contain religious writings, but rather the clues to an undiscovered treasure of gold and silver.

Heavy-duty ClassifierHeavy Duty Classifier
#704C $25.95

These classifiers have rugged plastic bodies with a stainless steel fine mesh bottom. They are wide at the top and are tapered to fit on top of a 5 gallon bucket, allowing you to quickly sort out material before panning or searching for gemstones. They are easy to use and a must for proper fine gold recovery.

Terra cotta gold panGold Pans
Item # 604 10 PAN
           10” Terra Cotta Pan      $ 4.95

Item # 604 14 PAN   
14” Terra Cotta Pan                 $ 14.95

Plastic gold pan- 10” or 14” with riffles. All good miners need their own gold pan, great for gems and gold recovery.  10 inch plastic gold pans are the “miner’s choice" in gold pans for beginners or the most experienced gold panner.

The new terra cotta color is both perfect for highlighting gold and black sand in the bottom of your pan. Riffles to help in trapping your gold while panning. Lightweight for carrying to the stream. I keep one in my trunk, always prepared for opportunities on the road or stash in your suitcase when traveling.

Note - The 14 inch pan has an additional riffle.

Made in the USA.

"Peacock Copper" Chalcopyrite "Peacock Copper" Chalcopyrite in mining bag

Item #705 PC 1 lb for $12
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One pound mining bag of small colorful Chalcopyrite in natural mining soil. Comes with small glass vial with black cap.

The color is slightly more yellow than that of pyrite and often tarnished in brilliant iridescent hues which are also referred to as "peacock copper”. Chalcopyrite is a major ore of copper, and comes from the Greek words chalkos. "Copper" and pyrites, "strike fire".

Use a screen to rinse and discover these lovely colorful minerals. A nice additional to any rock and mineral collection. The stones within this bag are small in size. Hardness is 3.5-4.

Beginner's Panning KitBeginner's Panning Kit
Item #6158
---Currently out of stock---

Everything you need to pan your first gold! Contains:

  • 10" Jobe Archer Pan
  • Panning gravel with gold
  • "How to Gold Pan" book
  • Suction tweezers
  • One and a half ounce plastic vial

Let's get started for fun and rewards!

Family Mining and Panning Kit
Item #703FMK
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Looking for a lot of great fun for the entire family?  Our Treasures in a Bag Family Mining Kit includes:

  • One Heavy Duty Classifier
  • One 10” Terra cotta "gold pan”
  • Two Assorted Gem Mixed bags
  • One Deluxe gem Bucket with Faceted stone
  • One gold panning mix
  • One Amethyst Panning Mix
  • One suction tweezers for gold retrieval
  • Four 1 oz glass vials
  • Tweezers
  •  Instructions for gold panning

All you need to be have many hours of fun as a mining and gem hunting family!


Treasures in a Bag baseball hatsTreasures in a Bag Baseball Hats

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Keep the sun off your head and face as you sift and pan for treasure. These all-cotton hats are have that popular "broken-in" feel.

The Treasures in a Bag logo is embroidered on the front, so you can let your friends know about our fun activities! Keyhole opening in back with an adjustable leather-like strap. Our hats are ideal to keep longer hairstyles up and off your neck on hot days.

Premium Work GlovesPremium Work Gloves

Protect your hands with maximum feel and control as your dig for treasure! These heavy-duty gloves are made of goatskin, with cowhide cuffs. They are sewn with Kevlar for exceptional strength.

Miner's hatMiner's Hat


No child's gold panning adventure would be complete without this authentic miner's hat! Let your child's imagination run wild as he or she pans and sifts for treasures. Made with quality stitching, they are sure to last a lifetime. (Children/youth size).

Mining pickMining pick


No mining adventure would be complete with our exclusive mining pick! Small-sized for younger panners as well as old to manage.

Treasure pouchesTreasure Pouch
Size: small (about 2x3") $1.00

Size: large (about 3x5") $2.00

Keep your treasures and gems safe in these velvet pouches.


Volcanic Lava RockVolcanic Lava Rock

Lava is molten (or melted) rock that comes directly from a volanic eruption. When it first flows from a volcano, it can be as hot as 2,200 degrees Fahrenheit. It can flow great distances before cooling and solidfying into igneous rock. Volcanoes are found all over the world, including Northern California, Hawaii, Alaska, and Nevada. Lava rock is different at each volcanic site.

These specimens are great to add to your collection or can even be starters to a new hobby of collecting volanic rock from around the world!

Crystal & Gem book Eyewitness Books - Crystal and Gem
by R.F. Symes and R.R. Harding
ISBN 0756630010

The most trusted nonfiction series on the market, Eyewitness Books provide an in-depth, comprehensive look at their subjects with a unique integration of words and pictures. DK's classic look at crystals and gems, now reissued with a CD and wall chart.

Learn about the formation and practical uses of crystals, semiprecious stones, and precious metals. This book has dazzling full-color photographs on uncluttered pages, which make it a visual treat. Includes a clip art CD!


Rocks and Minerals Eyewitness bookEyewitness Books - Rocks and Minerals
by R.F. Symes
ISBN 0756637775

The most trusted nonfiction series on the market, Eyewitness Books provide an in-depth, comprehensive look at their subjects with a unique integration of words and pictures. DK's classic look at rocks and minerals, now reissued with a CD and wall chart.

The book begins with an introduction noting the age and nature of the planet Earth. Also in the brief opening section is a rendering of different types of rocks and minerals, such as gemstones, sedimentary rocks, seashore pebbles, and igneous rocks.


Let's Go Rock CollectingLet's Go Rock Collecting
by Roma Gans
ISBN 0064451704

For younger children for use with adults. Kids will immediately be caught by the idea that, "the oldest things you can collect are rocks." This simple geology book goes on to discuss the formation, hardness, types, and uses of rock. The coverage is cursory, yet it is sufficiently engaging to hold the interest of a young audience. Keller's illustrations, line drawings with watercolor washes, work well in showing the cross-sections of earth and volcanoes. Two children appear in many of the scenes, exploring a Roman road, finding fossils, mixing cement, and collecting rocks to store in boxes and egg cartons. A few pages feature photographs, allowing more realistic views of various rock types.


National Audobon Society Field Guide to North American Rocks and Minerals
ISBN 0394502698

Perfect for mountain climbers and hikers, this valuable reference covers more rocks and minerals in North America than any other available guide. 794 full-color photographs depict all the important rocks, gems, and minerals -- in many variations of color and crystal form -- and the natural environments in which they occur; written descriptions provide information on field marks, similar rocks and minerals, environment, areas of occurrence, and derivation of names. Includes a guide to mineral collecting and a list of rock-forming minerals.



Gold Panning is EasyThe New Gold Panning is Easy
by Roy Lagal
ISBN 0915920794

Anyone can use a pan to recover gold from mountain streams, desert arroyos, or wherever it awaits you. Roy Lagal, who has spent a lifetime finding gold, tells just how easy it is.

Take your next vacation in beautiful gold country. Follow the simple illustrated instructions in this book and use Roy's patented Gravity Trap™ gold pan. You are certain to enjoy the glorious outdoors. And, you may experience the thrill of a lifetime as you find color of your very own!

Also, learn how to use metal detectors that can make discovering gold nuggets as easy as finding coins in the park.


Peterson Guide to Rocks and MineralsPeterson First Guide to Rocks and Minerals
by Frederick H. Rough, edited by Roger Tory Peterson
ISBN 0395935431

Written and designed for the beginner, this book describes and illustrates the most common and interesting rocks and minerals, from simple sandstone to exotic gems. Illustrated with dozens of beautiful color photographs, it tells how these rocks and minerals formed and how to identify them--and includes tips on collecting.


Simon & Schuster's Guide to Rocks & Minerals Simon & Schuster's Guide to Rocks & Minerals
edited by Martin Prinz, George Harlow, and Joseph Peters
ISBN 0671244175

Practical, concise, and easy to use, Simon & Schuster's Guide to Rocks and Minerals contains everything that the rock and mineral enthusiast needs to know. This field guide is divided into two large sections -- one devoted to minerals and one to rocks, each prefaced by a comprehensive introduction that discusses formation, chemistry, and more. All 377 entries, beautifully illustrated with color photographs and helpful visual symbols, provide descriptions and practical information about appearance, classification, rarity, crystal formation, mode of occurrence, gravity of mineral, rock chemistry, modal classification fields, formational environments, grain sizes of rocks, and much more.

Whether you are a serious collector or an information-seeking amateur, this incomparably beautiful, authoritative guide will prove an invaluable reference.

Guide to GemsGuide to Gems (Firefly Pocket series)
by Cally Oldershaw
ISBN 9781552978146

A fascinating, richly illustrated guide to the identification and use of gemstones. The introduction describes geology, chemistry, and properties of gems in clear and accessible terms, and also provides a valuable color key. The main section supplies complete descriptions of a wide range of gems, with illustrations of the crystal, the gem, and common cuts and jewelry. Describes over 130 varieties of gemstones, has 850 photos of gems, crystals, and jewelry. More than 50 drawings and diagrams, with world maps of important gem locations.


Guide to Common Rocks and Their Minerals Illustrated Guide to Common Rocks
and Their Minerals

by David Allan and Vinson Brown

Packed with practical information for anyone interested in rocks and minerals, and provides the basics for understanding and identifying common rocks. Gives the three main classifications of rocks, and then about the component minerals that make them.


Where to Find Gold in Northern CaliforniaWhere to Find Gold in Northern California
by James Klein

Take a trip with veteran prospector James Klein through some of the most beautiful gold bearing country you will ever see. Visit old mines and ghost towns and hear the tales of lost treasure. Learn about the techniques and equipment used by the old timers and today's modern gold seekers. Try your luck with a gold pan, dredge or metal detector. With his help, you too may know the thrill of "showing color."

This book features the known gold-bearing areas of Northern California - organized by county with maps, directions, tips on where to look, and the history and tales of each area. A technical glossary, equipment instructions and photos provide ease in your prospecting adventure. Learn how to stake a claim and what to do if you do strike gold. Where to Find Gold in Northern California is the essential prospecting book for all treasure hunters!


Treasure Hunter's apronTreasure Hunter 's Apron


Commemorate your treasure-hunting experience at Treasures in a Bag with our one-of-a-kind Treasure Hunter's apron!

It is uniquely hand-stenciled with our name "Treasures in a Bag." They are great for tucking your treasures and gold away as you hunt for treasure.

Fossil book Eyewitness Books - Fossil
by Dr. Paul D. Taylor
ISBN 0756606829

Here is an original and exciting new look at fossils - the remains of long-vanished animals and plants. Stunning real-life photographs of the spectacular remains of ancient lives offer a unique "eyewitness" view of what fossils are, how they were formed, and how they lived millions of years ago. See pearls that are 50 million years old, a dinosaur's toe, a troublesome "snake" that was turned to stone, a fossilized human being, and a snail made of precious stones. Learn how fossils are formed, how trilobites have been preserved for 590 million years, where to look for a belemnite, and how fossils helped the pharaohs of ancient Egypt. Discover which are the most precious fossils in the world, where ammonites lived, how big mammoths were, what a devil's toenail looks like, and much, much more.


Book on matter Eyewitness Books - Matter
by Christopher Cooper
ISBN 0789467143

Focusing on contemporary and historical developments in the study of matter, this book features clear, expertly written text, color and black-and-white photos, charts, graphics, and 3-D models -- all of which combine to make complex scientific concepts easy to understand. Sharp, seemingly three-dimensional photos and intricate drawings accompany skillfully distilled texts that explain complex scientific principles and issues without oversimplifying them. The respective volumes identify the basic properties of light; the sources and use of electricity; the laws of force, energy and motion; and the various kinds of matter. In each large-format book, pictures and text work together to offer a lucid chronicle of pertinent experiments, discoveries and inventions from ancient times to the present. Whether in search of a quick answer or interested in delving into a topic in detail, youngsters will find that these information-packed books fill their needs handily. Ages 8 & up.


Book on whales Eyewitness Books - Whale
by Vassili Papastavrou
ISBN 0756607396

Here is a spectacular and informative guide to whales, dolphins, seals, and manatees. Superb color photographs of dolphins, killer whales, walruses, and more offer a unique "eyewitness" view of these mysterious sea creatures - what they look like, how they behave, and their battle for survival. See the whiskers of a walrus, inside the mouth of a killer whale, dolphins at play, male elephant seals fighting, the way a blowhole works, a carved sperm whale's tooth, and a 19th-century blubber pot. Learn how deep a sperm whale can dive, how whales use bubbles to catch fish, why sea lions bark like dogs, what baleen is used for, and why killer whales come up on the beach. Discover how humpback whales communicate, why whales leap, the world's biggest baby, why the future of whales, seals, and dolphins is threatened, why whales migrate thousands of miles, and much, much more!



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