Hello and welcome to Dominion Opal Mines! If you are looking for your own quality opal gemstone mining claim, you have come to the right place. To see the last opal mining claim which I still have for sale (with details) you can CLICK HERE, or continue reading.
Originally the block of claims for sale consisted of 10 unpatented lode mining claims, many of which have significant provenance and history. Two claims have been sold and I have decided to keep the 7 “core” claims of the group. I have sold two claims and still have one (1) of the claims for sale, which has had precious opal discovery. The claim which is still for sale is priced at $12,500.- as it is a discovery claim with little development on an extension of a continuous productive opal deposit (the famous WRT Stonetree lode claim to the west). If you are interested in purchasing a mining claim from me, I can arrange to show it to you IN PERSON prior to purchase. I have tried to keep my asking prices fair and reasonable, considering the amount of money, work and development that has been put into the claims, the valuable nature of the deposits and opals found, reserves, road access, and the current state of the economy. The best developed and black opal producing claim of the group was originally priced at $125,000.- before the opal industry saw many foreign mines closing and export of rough material prohibited from one country. I raised the price to $225,000.- afterwards, and then decided to keep the main black fire opal claim to mine in 2014 instead of selling it. The less opal that is produced in the world results with an increase in demand and price.
Several of the claims in this group have produced opals which are “the envy of the world” and the others have the potential for doing so with some more work. Black Opal has been found on 6 of the claims in the group, but only one claim (that I am keeping) has consistently produced a large amount of black opal. Some very good opal has been found on the claims that are still available for sale and with a little work they will more than likely produce the same as the core claims which have had the most work performed and/or reserves outlined. They have shown the same traces as the surrounding claims that I am keeping but just haven’t been worked as hard as the neighboring producers and reserve claims. It will only get better as the lode deposit is mined further into the hillsides. This 10-claim lode mining claim group is located on what is one of the finest privately-held deposits of precious opal in Virgin Valley, and in my opinion are the best claims available for sale in recent times. The claims do produce larger amounts of precious opal than most of the other private claims in the valley and one claim (which I am keeping) is comparable in opal quality and production to the private fee dig mines. There is dirt road access into the claim group. An old dirt track onto the WRT Fiery Embers could be improved for easier access to that claim, but it is only a short walk from the Stonetree claim. The mines are all active, valid claims and I continue to have the annual work done on them.
As I am getting older I am downsizing the number of claims that I do intend to keep. I have come to the realization that I would never be able to mine them all, and thus, my decision to sell some of them. I have spread the annual assessment work out over a number of claims in the group over time but that has become burdensome for 10 claims and I would like to be able to focus my annual work and mining on only a small handful of claims rather than all of them in the future. The more attention you can give to one claim means the more work and opal you can find on it, rather than being spread out over many claims.
The difference in price from any other opal mining claims offered for sale today is that the claims I am offering here are not merely “prospects.” They have all had opal discovery and have a history of opal. They are not “wholesale” locations which were made to sell to the public—they were originally located by agents for my son and he originally intended to keep and mine all of them himself. Many already had significant workings when the claims were properly relocated as lode mining claims in 2004, with additional work added since then. My son has a good amount of opal recovered and stockpiled from the core claims from when the claims were previously owned by him. If you are looking to purchase your own mining claim, make sure to do your homework and beware of not only wholesale locations (quick locations often sold within the first year or two after location) but also claims which have been continuously relocated time and time again by the same parties, this normally means they have problems understanding and complying with the mining laws and if they continue to forfeit and relocate their claims, there could also be other defects in the chain of title and claim validity. The claim still offered on this website is a valid longstanding claim and the mining laws were carefully researched prior to these claims being located and they are in compliance with all applicable state and federal regulations, laws, and court decisions.
Remember, the only way to get real quality is to buy it—in the end you really do get what you pay for. Don’t settle for a “cheap” wholesale claim when you can spend a little more and have a good legal claim you can dig on each year.
Opal mining is hard work—often you will not find anything in between opal pockets. As with all gemstone and opal mines, not every opal you dig will be gem-quality precious opal—far from it. You will have both good and bad days. But the most persistent miners are the most successful ones and there is nothing like digging your own solid rainbow out of your own mine. When you do find top gem grade opal it is the most satisfying feeling to be the first person to ever see it and dig it out yourself.
If you would like to see the last opal mining claim which I still have for sale with details, CLICK HERE. For a history of the mining claims, CLICK HERE. For general info about Virgin Valley opal and a video about opal mining, CLICK HERE. If you would like to contact me about the claims, my contact info is available by CLICKING HERE. You can also click on the relevant page navigation tabs at the top of each page of the website. Thanks for visiting!
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DOMINION OPAL MINES
Alvin W. Wentzell, Jr., OWNER
4200 11th Avenue NW
Watertown, SD 57201
Tel. 605-881-0626 (Al)