|Hey, is that Tony Beets down there? This is an aerial shot from our plane I |
took over a dredge in Flat Alaska on the 4th of July in 1989 (photo by the
|Gold nuggets from Douglas Creek, Wyoming and hey, do you see that little|
reddish garnet? Gold prospectors should always be on the lookout for this
type of garnet. It is a pyrope garnet that is one of a group of
diamond indicator minerals used to find diamond deposits in Cratons. So,
somewhere upstream could be a diamond deposit - and guess what, in 1977,
two gem diamonds were also found upstream on the Paul Boden gold placer.
|Panning for diamonds & gold|
|Although olivine was known in the Leucite Hills for more than a century, no|
one ever bothered to examine these gems. This photo shows both raw gems
and the faceted gems from the original discovery.
|One of two piles of more than 13,000 carats of gem peridot|
recovered from just two anthills in the Leucite Hills by the
Professor (GemHunter) in 1997.
A large (34 ounce) gold nugget recovered from Rock Creek
in the South Pass greenstone belt of Wyoming.
|The Duncan gold mine at South Pass, Wyoming.|
Mining gold from the dry placers at Dickie Springs. Prospectors follow up
on Dr. J.D. Love's research south of South Pass.
|A petrified Sequoia tree in the Wasatch Formation near Buffalo, WY (photo|
by Wayne Sutherland, 1979).
|Extraordinary jade from Wyoming|
At the time of discovery, this iolite specimen was the largest, single iolite
gemstone in the world. The gem weighed 1,750 carats and found by
the GemHunter in 1995.
Some of the first iolite and ruby gems
faceted from Palmer Canyon rough.
|Some Sweetwater agates found in the opal fields of Wyoming.|
|Specularite with malachite from the Hartville uplift, WY|
|Copper-gold-silver ore from the Ferris-Haggarty mine,|
Encampment district, Sierra Madre. This rich copper sample
is an example of mill rock that is found adjacent to volcano-
genie massive sulfide deposits.
|Goniobasis agates from Delany Rim, Red Desert|
|Banded chalcedony from the Commonwealth mine, Arizona|
|Jasperoid breccia from the Granite Mountains|
|Specularite (hematite) with bronze-chalcopyrite (copper-iron-sulfide) from|
Puzzler Hill, Wyoming
|Raw diamonds from kimberlite - diamonds can be verified by using a simple|
tool known as a Diamond Detective. Some diamonds are priceless, and others
have little value.
The first diamond pipe was found in Wyoming in 1960; but, the diamonds themselves were not discovered until 1975. Since then, more than 130,000 diamonds have been mined in a region south of Laramie extending from Tie Siding, Wyoming to Prairie Divide, Colorado. A large percentage of the diamonds that have been mined have been high-quality gemstones. A few diamonds larger than 28 carats have been recovered from the Kelsey Lake diamond mine along the Colorado-Wyoming border. The largest known diamond found in Wyoming weighed more than 6 carats.
|Polished jade from Wyoming|
Sapphire and ruby are gem corundum. Corundum the second hardest known naturally occurring mineral, can be recognized because it will only be scratched by diamond, and is usually found as hexagonal prisms with distinct rhombohedral cleavage.
|Rubies cut from red corundum from Palmer Canyon, WY|
|Gold found in Douglas Creek, Wyoming|
|Note the reddish brown rock in the back ground of this photo taken in the|
San Juan Mountains of Colorado - this is an excellent gossan
|Nugget from Douglas Creek|
|A 12-carat, nearly flawless pink sapphire from the Laramie Mountains, WY|