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Part of the Ruby Violet Mine Crew


Here are some modern-day 49'ers. Rex Harris, Jerry Alkema, and Gary Harris, (front to back) have been developing the Ruby Violet mine for many years. Gem mining is a costly and unpredictable business. Tons of rock must be blasted and processed, with no quarantee that a single red beryl crystal will be encountered. However, when mother nature decides to share her treasure with a human, the adrenaline rush of the discovery is undescribable. How would you feel if you just pulled this out of a mud-filled fissure?