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Yogo Sapphire History

History of Yogo Sapphires

Yogo Sapphires — History

Little Blue Pebbles

Early day prospectors
Early day prospectors

The steam-powered hoist at the English Mine, near left
The steam-powered hoist at the English Mine, near left

“In purchasing a mere gold mine, they had acquired the most valuable sapphire mine in America, yielding more wealth than all the other sapphire mines in America put together, and a finer quality of gem.”

The British Take Over Hoover's Stake

The steam-powered hoist at the English Mine, near left
The steam-powered hoist at the English Mine, near left

“The operations at the English Mine during the beginning of the century are considered the most successful endeavors to profit from Yogo Sapphires.”

Original Yogo jewelry by Johnson, Walker & Tolhurst, circa 1920
Original Yogo jewelry by Johnson, Walker & Tolhurst, circa 1920

The Two Mines Become One

Washing the ore by hand
Washing the ore by hand

World War and a Flash Flood Take Their Toll

The American Mine hoist
The American Mine hoist

The Rise of Roncor

“Several families to this day own property at Sapphire Village, and continue to do limited hand mining on their rights at Yogo, including Don Baide, owner of The Gem Gallery.”

The AmEx Mine closure
The AmEx Mine closure
The old English workings
The old English workings

The Vortex Mine hoist
The Vortex Mine hoist

The Vortex Mine: Virgin Territory

The steam-powered hoist at the English Mine, near left
The steam-powered hoist at the English Mine, near left

The Future of Yogo Sapphires: Roberts Mine

The opening portal to the spiral decline of the Vortex Mine
The opening portal to the spiral decline of the Vortex Mine
The new Vortex Mine's owner, Mike Roberts, is congratulated by The Gem Gallery's owner, Don Baide, each with a handful of rough Yogo.
The new Vortex Mine's owner, Mike Roberts, is congratulated by The Gem Gallery's owner, Don Baide, each with a handful of rough Yogo.
The pulsating washing jig and trommel
The pulsating washing jig and trommel

New Beginnings: The Reopening of the Vortex Mine

Aerial view of the Vortex Mine's surface
Aerial view of the Vortex Mine's surface

Vortex Mine Entrance
Vortex Mine Entrance