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Tim Church is originally from the bay area where he was born and raised. He worked in his parents auto shop from the age of eight and learned the trade. He moved to the Sacramento area in his early twenties and opened his own auto shop. He acquired a cabinet shop and he ran both businesses very successfully. He fished the Bass Masters circuit and started a tackle company. Tim moved to the north state area fifteen years ago and built a 10 acre vineyard on his property and created his own wine label. Tim still fishes, grows grapes and wrenches on cars but at this stage of life he is a dedicated rockhound and he has made his hobby of forty years into a business. He acquired his first mine claim three years ago and now has a total of seven. He loves being out at the mine and he is obsessed with the beautiful, precious black opal. He mines the opals, designs the jewelry and markets and sells them at various gem shows and to buyers all over the United States. Tim now wants to share his passion with the other rockhounds out there and this year we are offering a "fee dig" in our never before cuts. Come out and meet Tim and he will tell you just where to dig to find your own precious black opal.
Tim Church

   Owner/Rockhound
   MSHA Certified








Donna Church was also born and raised in the bay area but she wouldn’t meet her future husband until she moved to northern California ten years ago. Donna is a beginning rockhound so she takes care of the business end of things, social media, marketing and maintaining the websites. She has fallen in love with the Virgin Valley and lately you might even find her out at the new cut finding opals.
Donna Church
Co-owner
        Webmistress/Marketing






Chelsea Sanders is an opal guide at the Kokopelli Opal Mine. She knows the mine well and has been with us since the beginning. She has a lot of experience finding and extracting opal. She knows the layers and strata well. She is always happy to give a helping hand and make your opal mining experience a fun and productive one.
Chelsea Sanders
         Kokopelli Opal Guide



Meet Daughtry...



He is our opal finding pup. He is half rat terrier and half chihuahua. Daughtry is a certified service dog. He will be four years old this November and he insists on going to the opal mine every time we go. He will sniff out a spot, dig for awhile and then lay down, thats our sign to start digging where he is laying. He obviously has a nose for the opals. We have posted a few videos on our Kokopelli Opals Facebook page of him finding his opals. 
Daughtry
         The Opal Mining Pup




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