Update on The Gemfield Gem Claims in Goldfield, Nevada

Update: June 19, 2020

Just got back from Goldfield, the claims are open, the Dinky Diner is open, Hidden Treasures is open. The other businesses are open or trying. Bring cash, small bills. Rocks still a dollar pound, you pick-em, pay for them in town. Honor system.

The owners of Wild Inspirations mentioned below have moved on and Sharon is back in that building.

Bryan Smalley is still manning the store, ask around town if he isn’t there. Customers continue coming in.  He might cut a rock for you if he isn’t too busy. Say please and tell him Thomas Farley sent you.

Bryan Cutting a Rock For Me from Thomas Farley on Vimeo.

Original article:

My second article for Rock & Gem Magazine was on the Gemfield Gem claims outside of Goldfield, Nevada. The claims are a major source of fine chalcedony. Sharon Artlip, one of the two claim owners, now has a website for the property:


A month ago I visited Goldfield. I couldn’t connect with Sharon, who may have been out of town Sharon no longer operates Goldfield Art & Business Services out of the store on I-95.

Update: Sharon is back at her old store! Address and phone number below:

The present owners of the new store at that location, however, will accept your registration and rock fees. Their names are Sherri and Mike. They have a nice store with some maps and some rocks. When I was there they had locally mined pyrite. Stop in and check out a new business:

Wild Inspirations
306 Crook Avenue
P.O. Box 121
Goldfield, NV 89013


This is the information site at the claims.

Also, when in Goldfield, never miss a chance to check in with Bryan Smalley at Hidden Treasures Trading Company. He may be hard to find away from his store, but ask locals where Bryan is. Try the Dinky Diner. He’s well worth tracking down to visit a one-of-a-kind rock shop:


489 S. Bellevue Avenue
Goldfield, Nevada

775-485-3761. Honestly, I have never been able to contact him on the phone.

4 Replies to “Update on The Gemfield Gem Claims in Goldfield, Nevada”

  1. Looking to go to gem feild next Thursday and Friday, is it ok to gather a few rocks if ok we’re do I sign in and pay.
    Thank you

    1. You can pay at the box at the registration sign at the claim itself. But you really should go into Goldfield first to sign in. You can do that at Hidden Treasures Trading Company or Wild Inspirations on the main highway that goes through town. They are at:
      306 Crook Avenue
      P.O. Box 121
      Goldfield, NV 89013

      You’ll see a sign that says Gemfield Headquarters. You have gone to far if you pass the General Store or the Dinky Diner.

  2. I was passing through and saw the sign for Gemfield. I needed to get out and stretch and this looked interesting. After coming home from our trip across 18 states Im now researching the neat places we visited and realized i owe you for the specimens i picked up on side of road near Gemfield. Where and how may i do that? And please accept my apologies for being unaware.

    1. The Gemfield claims are thee miles down twisty roads from I 95. Did you make it out to the claims? There is a signboard with maps and a deposit box. Any rocks before the claim are undoubtedly yours for free. I am not the claim owner. Best, Thomas

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