“Prospectors” Show Star to Appear at Local Manitou Business- Rick Langenberg

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A well-known Colorado mountain man, prospector and television celebrity will invade downtown Manitou Springs this weekend for a rare autograph session and a chance for conversing with his fans and rock hounds; and yes, a time for plenty of stories.

Dwayne Hall of the popular “Prospectors” show of the Weather Channel will be the featured guest of Lane Mitchell Jewelers at 737 Manitou Avenue on Saturday, May 28 from 1 to 5 p.m. Hall, who only does about four public appearances a year, will sign autographs and showcase the Aquamarine gem he personally mines from the Blue Rose Mine on Mount White in Colorado. Hall, who recently just returned from a trip to Utah, will also reveal the antics of survival as a veteran prospector for years in some trying circumstances. In fact, this winter has been brutal for the miner and his team.

“I have a few stories to tell,” quipped Hall, during an interview last week, in preparation for his appearance at Lane Mitchell Jewelers. “Every rock has a story.”

Hall admits he is still baffled by his transformation from a professional miner to a charismatic star on the Prospectors show. “It seems like we were digging for rocks in rough conditions at a high altitude, and the next thing I knew, we were on television. It still baffles me. It was like it happened overnight.”

Hall has been a veteran prospector for 17 years, and traveled throughout the country before deciding to live in Colorado. The prospector has encountered his share of brutal conditions in the search for rare gems and minerals at various mining holes in Colorado and the Rocky Mountain West. His exploits at the 14,275-foot Mount White have become legendary for Hall and his team, who often look like a ragged but determined group of old-time “49ers prospectors.” Hall is often described as a good ol’ boy with an amazing desire for digging for gemstones. Hall, who hails from Kentucky, also is an expert woodcarver and finished second in a wood carving world championship.

Hall is enthusiastic about the Prospectors show which debuted in March 2013, as it enters another season. He joined the crew during the second season. But as vocal as he is about most subjects, Hall remains silent about any forthcoming Prospectors episodes. “We will have a few surprises for everyone,” said Hall in describing the reality television show that profiles an adventuristic group of prospectors and families as they search for gem riches in some of the more dangerous spots of the Rockies.

Hall gets plenty of questions about his adventures at 13,000-plus feet, and especially his exploits on Mount White. “He has plenty of stories to tell,” admits Mark Krivanek of Krivanek Jewelers, who acts as Hall’s agent. “People love his stories about prospecting in Colorado and how he mines Aquamarine (the state’s gemstone) on Mount White.”

Besides tales of wild and near death gem searches, Hall says Prospectors show fans love the story of 7-year-old Royal Gonzales of California. After suffering from a bad bout of lymphoma, the youth was granted a wish through the Colorado Make-A-Wish Foundation to go prospecting with Hall and his team. The boy’s antics with Hall then turned into one of the more popular Prospectors episodes last winter. It captured Hall and Royal uncovering the largest specimen of Aquamarine that Hall has ever excavated. Hall named the Aquamarine discovery “Royal” after the courageous youth. “That story still brings tears to a lot of peoples’ eyes,” admitted the prospector.

These stories and more will be unveiled at Lane Mitchell Jewelers this Saturday. Hall and Krivankek, who are part of Lucky Miner LLC, have had strong ties with Lane Mitchell Jewelers. “We have a special relationship with them,” related Hall.

Lane Mitchell Jewelers will showcase the special jewelry with Aquamarine mined by Hall. Also during the event, a vast array of gems, crystals, and minerals mined in Colorado will be on display, including Cinnamon Smokey Quartz, White Topaz, Amazonite, Rhodochrosite, Lapis, Turquoise, Aquamarine, Peridot, and gold and silver found in Colorado. Hall will also be signing Prospectors posters and posing for photographs with rock hounds, fans and customers.

Housed in a fully restored historic building built in 1904, Lane Mitchell Jewelers features jewelry from the turn of the century, when Colorado gold was booming and Manitou Springs was a go-to place for the rich and famous, as well as those seeking healing from the mineral springs. Locals are fond of saying that “Lane Mitchell Jewelers is like a jewelry museum where everything is for sale.”

“If you are looking for something to do on Memorial Day weekend that is not only free and fun, but also educational,” said Lane Williams, owner of Lane Mitchell Jewelers, then “come in to our store for a ‘Prospectors’ poster personally autographed by Dwayne Hall, a lesson in Colorado crystals and minerals, and a chance to win a piece of Aquamarine mined on Mount White.”

Lane Mitchell Jewelers Manitou store, known for its eclectic collection of vintage and custom jewelry is located in the heart of historic Manitou Springs.

Lane Mitchell Jewelers is a local family-run business, owned by Master Goldsmith Lane Mitchell Williams and his wife L’Aura Montgomery Williams. They reside in Manitou Springs.

A well-known Colorado mountain man, prospector and television celebrity will invade downtown Manitou Springs this weekend for a rare autograph session and a chance for conversing with his fans and rock hounds; and yes, a time for plenty of stories.

Dwayne Hall of the popular “Prospectors” show of the Weather Channel will be the featured guest of Lane Mitchell Jewelers at 737 Manitou Avenue on Saturday, May 28 from 1 to 5 p.m. Hall, who only does about four public appearances a year, will sign autographs and showcase the Aquamarine gem he personally mines from the Blue Rose Mine on Mount White in Colorado. Hall, who recently just returned from a trip to Utah, will also reveal the antics of survival as a veteran prospector for years in some trying circumstances. In fact, this winter has been brutal for the miner and his team.

“I have a few stories to tell,” quipped Hall, during an interview last week, in preparation for his appearance at Lane Mitchell Jewelers. “Every rock has a story.”

Hall admits he is still baffled by his transformation from a professional miner to a charismatic star on the Prospectors show. “It seems like we were digging for rocks in rough conditions at a high altitude, and the next thing I knew, we were on television. It still baffles me. It was like it happened overnight.”

Hall has been a veteran prospector for 17 years, and traveled throughout the country before deciding to live in Colorado. The prospector has encountered his share of brutal conditions in the search for rare gems and minerals at various mining holes in Colorado and the Rocky Mountain West. His exploits at the 14,275-foot Mount White have become legendary for Hall and his team, who often look like a ragged but determined group of old-time “49ers prospectors.” Hall is often described as a good ol’ boy with an amazing desire for digging for gemstones. Hall, who hails from Kentucky, also is an expert woodcarver and finished second in a wood carving world championship.

Hall is enthusiastic about the Prospectors show which debuted in March 2013, as it enters another season. He joined the crew during the second season. But as vocal as he is about most subjects, Hall remains silent about any forthcoming Prospectors episodes. “We will have a few surprises for everyone,” said Hall in describing the reality television show that profiles an adventuristic group of prospectors and families as they search for gem riches in some of the more dangerous spots of the Rockies.

Hall gets plenty of questions about his adventures at 13,000-plus feet, and especially his exploits on Mount White. “He has plenty of stories to tell,” admits Mark Krivanek of Krivanek Jewelers, who acts as Hall’s agent. “People love his stories about prospecting in Colorado and how he mines Aquamarine (the state’s gemstone) on Mount White.”

Besides tales of wild and near death gem searches, Hall says Prospectors show fans love the story of 7-year-old Royal Gonzales of California. After suffering from a bad bout of lymphoma, the youth was granted a wish through the Colorado Make-A-Wish Foundation to go prospecting with Hall and his team. The boy’s antics with Hall then turned into one of the more popular Prospectors episodes last winter. It captured Hall and Royal uncovering the largest specimen of Aquamarine that Hall has ever excavated. Hall named the Aquamarine discovery “Royal” after the courageous youth. “That story still brings tears to a lot of peoples’ eyes,” admitted the prospector.

These stories and more will be unveiled at Lane Mitchell Jewelers this Saturday. Hall and Krivankek, who are part of Lucky Miner LLC, have had strong ties with Lane Mitchell Jewelers. “We have a special relationship with them,” related Hall.

Lane Mitchell Jewelers will showcase the special jewelry with Aquamarine mined by Hall. Also during the event, a vast array of gems, crystals, and minerals mined in Colorado will be on display, including Cinnamon Smokey Quartz, White Topaz, Amazonite, Rhodochrosite, Lapis, Turquoise, Aquamarine, Peridot, and gold and silver found in Colorado. Hall will also be signing Prospectors posters and posing for photographs with rock hounds, fans and customers.

Housed in a fully restored historic building built in 1904, Lane Mitchell Jewelers features jewelry from the turn of the century, when Colorado gold was booming and Manitou Springs was a go-to place for the rich and famous, as well as those seeking healing from the mineral springs. Locals are fond of saying that “Lane Mitchell Jewelers is like a jewelry museum where everything is for sale.”

“If you are looking for something to do on Memorial Day weekend that is not only free and fun, but also educational,” said Lane Williams, owner of Lane Mitchell Jewelers, then “come in to our store for a ‘Prospectors’ poster personally autographed by Dwayne Hall, a lesson in Colorado crystals and minerals, and a chance to win a piece of Aquamarine mined on Mount White.”

Lane Mitchell Jewelers Manitou store, known for its eclectic collection of vintage and custom jewelry is located in the heart of historic Manitou Springs.

Lane Mitchell Jewelers is a local family-run business, owned by Master Goldsmith Lane Mitchell Williams and his wife L’Aura Montgomery Williams. They reside in Manitou Springs.