How it Works
Please take a moment to read the frequently asked questions below. You will find all of the information you need on how to schedule this event and what you get.
How do we conduct the program?
Your students will watch a 15 minute Before Mining Video that prepares them for their mining experience. In the video, Diamond Del shows the students all of the gems they will be looking for and then shows them how to sift their boxes. Then, the fun begins. The students get their mining boxes and they sift the boxes to uncover their very own fantastic gem collection. After the mining session, the students watch a 15 minute video in which Diamond Del shows them how to classify and identify their collections. Each student will also receive a color identification chart.
How do we set up the boxes?
Set up for a class is easy. Please click here to watch a short video that shows you how easy it is.
How many classes can we do in one day?
You can do as many classes as your schedule allows. We suggest you schedule the mining sessions for 30 minutes and have at least 10 minutes between each session. However, if due to Covid you are not comfortable scheduling the classes back to back, you can keep the boxes as long as needed. For example, if you would be more comfortable scheduling one class per day to make sure the surfaces are virus free that will be fine.
How do I schedule this program?
Just click on the Reserve Date link on our home page or click here. There you will fill out a form asking for your school and contact information. The form also has a box for you to let us know the date(s) you would like to do the program. We will send you a conformation email letting you know that we received your request. We know you have to collect money just like you would for a regular field trip so you do not have to pay when you reserve your date.
When do I order collections and pay?
When you are ready to pay, click on the Place My Order link on our homepage or click here. You can pay there by credit card or if you would like to send us a check, click on Pay By Check and it will give you the details on how to pay by check. All orders will be shipped by UPS Ground the next business day after payment is received. Please allow 7-10 business days for delivery.
What do I need to order?
You will be ordering pre-packaged gem collections for each student that will be participating in the program. The collections cost $12 each. When you place your order, you will let us know the size of the largest class that will be participating in the program. We will send you enough mining boxes, mining ore, and catch trays to do the largest class. The boxes, ore, and trays are reusable so each class will use the same boxes, ore, and trays. When you are finished with the program, we will send you prepaid shipping labels so you can send the boxes and trays back to us. You can throw the ore away.
We do ask for a minimum order of 50 collections because of the cost of shipping the mining boxes and ore. If you would like to order less than 50 collections we will not be able to ship the mining boxes and ore for the students to actually do the mining. But don't worry, we do have a program that you can do with the collections that will give the students a great learning experience. Click here to see the details of this program.
Are there any other costs?
No, we offer free shipping on all orders.