I recently visited Peridot Mesa, at San Carlos, Arizona. If you are interested in some fantastic rough material at great prices, or visiting Peridot Mesa, you can contact Stevie Joey of “Peridot Dreams” He is a great guy to get to know!
Video with Stevie Joey at the end
Good to know that it’s available. When I lived in Arizona, it seemed that all the decent material was wholesaled to overseas cutters. I did buy some garden rocks full of tiny peridot crystals, though.
While I do not want to disclose what I paid (It was great!), I purchased over a kilo of tumbled Peridot from Stevie. Of that, about 1/3 was facet grade, the remainder being perfectly good cab/bead material. I separated the facet grade into almost equal amounts of small (4-8 ct.), medium (8-10 ct.) and large (10-25 ct.) rough. There were about 20 pieces of OMG from 20+ ct., with a few over 50ct. Once I established my willingness to work with him, I was able to buy some “special” pieces from him separately, all of which I inspected closely. I have more Peridot than I can cut in my lifetime.
I also purchased a very nice necklace for my wife, he had made himself, with a 100+ ct. centerpiece wire-wrapped Peridot specimen.
I also collected a handful of facetable rough directly from his claim, although they were mostly small (4-8 ct.). It is very, very rare to collect any facetable semi-precious rough from a mine site, but you can do it with Stevie’s help on Peridot Mesa, AZ.
For other’s info, I reached out to this guy based on the review from the above post. Mr. Joey’s answers were rather short and abrupt. It didn’t seem like he was all that interested in selling rough to folks like me. He only sells by the pound. His price to me was $150 per pound. He stated a third would be usable for faceting. He said he screens to 3/8 of an inch.
I would’ve tried him out, but the only way to buy from him is to send him a money order to a PO Box in AZ. I’m just not that trusting of people. Not a chance I’m going to send some guy I don’t know a money order before receiving goods.
One other thing I will say — if I ever make it out to AZ I will definitely check him out. I really think he seems more like a local seller. It doesn’t seem like he sells to people out of his area.
Thanks for the video and link. We’re in the process of buying a second home in Tucson. Perhaps, I’ll drive up there sometime. I’ll be sure to contact him first though.
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