Frequently Asked Questions

Where does Prudent Man Agate come from?  The mine is located in the Challis Volcanics of central Idaho, Alder Creek Mining District which is well known for agate nodules, some minor opal deposits, petrified wood and jasper.

Can I Buy Rough?  Yes, rough is available from the Prudent Man vein 2 and the PrueHeart vein. Prudent Man vein one has been backfilled and reclaimed and rough is no longer available from this vein. Occasionally I have rough from other locations available.

How do I order?  You can call me, Steve Howard at 208-520-2449 with the item number of the slabs or rough you want. If you miss me you can leave your number and I will call you back. I may take a few days to get back to you during the summer months. Or send an email.

How will my order be shipped? I will ship USPS for small orders unless you prefer another method. Most shipping is free via USPS. Heavy orders will be shipped Fed Ex ground or USPS flat rate priority mail.

Guarantee? Your complete satisfaction with your purchase is guaranteed. If you are not satisfied with your purchase you may return it for a full refund. Shipping is not refundable.

Payments Accepted? I can accept credit cards, cashiers checks, personal checks, money orders and PayPal. If you pay with a check or money order I will not be able to ship your order until the payment clears.  Credit card purchases will be charged through my jewelry business, Blue Sky Jewelry.

How did you make this discovery? I followed float to determine where I thought the veins should be and dug trenches. I found a reddish colored streak in the country rock and followed it. At about the three foot level I hit the good stuff. Basically the same process used to locate any hidden vein.

Where did the name, Prudent Man come from? The name "Prudent Man" is a reference to a clause in the 1872 mining law.

Steve Howard