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HOW & WHERE TO FIND GEMSTONES & GOLD

In the late fall of 2014, the author published a new book published by CreateSpace an Amazon company, describes dozens of colored gemstone, diamond, gold and other minerals and rocks. The book lets the reader in on secrets used to find raw gemstones, diamonds and goldin field.

One of several hundred cryptovolcanic structures
identified in the Colorado, Kansas, Wyoming region.
This anomaly turned out to be a kimberlite pipe and
was discovered nearly 25 years ago in Colorado by
diamond mining companies.

 

 

Written for geologists, prospectors and rock hounds with some background in mineral and rock identification, the author not only provides information on the physical appearance of raw gemstones, but also describes many diamond, gold, ruby, sapphire, iolite, beryl, and other gemstone deposits giving locations using GPS coordinates and legal descriptions so that the reader can visit the deposits on Google Earth and on topographical maps. The author takes another step in describing areas likely to have undiscovered gemstones based on favorable geology – in other words, a few readers likely will find new gemstone deposits based on the information (some people already have)!
There are many cryptovolcanic structures visible on Google Earth that appear to be similar to kimberlite pipes. This is significant in that kimberlite pipes are known as potential hosts for diamond, garnet, chromian diopside and other gemstones. Nearly all of the cryptovolcanic structures identified by the author, remain unexplored in the field.

In another example, the author describes dozens of silicified fractures in an region covering several square miles that likely have quartz, chalcendony, agate, jasper and even opal. These too remain mostly unexplored.

AGuidetoFindingGemstonesbookavailableonAmazon-Copy

NEW GEMSTONE DISCOVERIES

Released in October, 2014, a 368-page book with color photos tells what raw gemstones look like, how to find gemstones in the hills, and where to visit gemstone, gold, and mineral localities to help you improve your gem hunting skills. Then the book takes you one step further – where no other book has taken its readers by providing hints on where gemstones will likely be found (and no one has looked). An example is a potentially large opal, agate and jasper deposit that is likely to occur east of Casper Wyoming that the author mapped on aerial photography using his knowledge of geology and more than 30 years experience in prospecting. This likely deposit is described in the 5-star book and may lead to more headaches for the BLM. Those individuals who obtain copies of the book, will have a big lead in finding gemstones, minerals and gold this coming summer!
The book was released through CreateSpace, Amazon and other outlets on Monday, October 20th, 2014 and already, as of February, prospectors are making some finds in spite of global warming (with temperatures plummeting considerably below zero). Listen to what some prospectors and rock hounds have already reported.
(1) One prospector reported recovering 30 diamonds in a creek recommended in the book along with one flawless diamond of 5.92 carats, making it the largest known diamond to have been recovered in the particular drainage basin. The diamonds were verified by a university in North Carolina. Before all is said and done, it is likely tens of thousands of diamonds were be recovered in this particular region.

(2) Another prospector found several lamprophyres (potential diamond-bearing rocks) and plans to sample them in the 2015 summer.
Look at this rounded cobble – how many of these have you walked
over? This one is mostly serpentine, but is filled with excellent rounded gem
pyrope garnets and green chrome diopside. It likely has diamonds. We
found dozens of these south of Laramie Wyoming and north of Ft. Collins,
Colorado sitting on the ground. The rock is known as garnet peridotite.

(3) Another found some rubies, sapphires and gold.

(4) Another reported finding a half-gallon of peridot gemstones!
(5) And yet another prospector found several colored (fire) opals with several precious opals.
You can find more about gemstone hunting at the GemHunter website. And if you are interested in prospecting for gold, another book by the author gives similar information on gold deposits.
Now, these were made during the winter – imagine the discoveries that will be made next spring and summer.  I can hardly wait to hear more from my readers.
Gemstones in the rough found in Colorado by the author. These include ‘Cape Ruby’ (pyrope garnet)
spessartine garnet, almandine garnet, ‘Cape Emerald’ (chromian diopside), picroilmenite and chromite.

Did you know that pink diamonds were described in the
Colorado-Wyoming state line district – some pink diamonds
have sold for more than $1 million/carat according to the
Gemhunter, making them the most valuable commodity on
earth based on weight (photo of fancy colored diamonds
at the Argyle Mine in Australia copyright photo by
the Gemhunter)
Can you believe it – someone just found a gold nugget in California that sold for more
than $400,000.  Think there are some in Wyoming?  Most likely.

Iolite cross with white diamonds
Chromian diopside with topaz cross
My good friend, the late Dr. J. Dave Love sits on large jade boulders stored in garage.

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GOLD & OTHER PRECIOUS METALS

Little was known about gold in Wyoming, thus I set out to map, evaluate & find more. I discovered gold everywhere I looked. I was amazed at how much had been overlooked. I published compendiums that are used by prospectors & geologists & mapped several mining districts that were previously unmapped or only partially mapped. I even found a previously unrecognized ultramafic massif with significant palladium, nickel gold & copper mineralization & a whole new district.

I have many great stories & memories about discoveries & prospectors I met. Hopefully, I will be able to find time to write a book about these, as such stories should be preserved. There are stories about hundreds of nuggets in ball jars in Shorty Haddenham’s trailer at Atlantic City, dozens of nuggets found by a Ft. Collins prospector, a prospector who spent one entire winter jumping a claim & panning out barrels of mica thinking he had found the Mother Lode & my research along the UP corridor- we found gold everywhere including the Laramie City dump.

Gold photos below – 34 oz nugget (Rock Creek, South Pass), gold from Douglas Creek, and gold from Dickie Springs (South Pass).

I mapped the South Pass greenstone belt at the southern tip of the Wind River Mountains which included several historic gold districts: Lewiston, South Pass, Atlantic City, Miners Delight & others. I identified several hundred gold anomalies & found gold was structurally controlled in reef ore shoots that are very rich down plunge. One deposit I mapped (Carissa) is a major deposit 1000 ft wide, 1200 ft long & probably continuous a few thousand feet downdip. This deposit was withdrawn by the legislature without any scientific review – such abuse of political power literally took away a mountain of gold & many good jobs.

Geology led me to many discoveries. The Rattlesnake Hills were an obvious target, so in 1981, armed with the concept that the RH were part of a fractured greenstone belt intruded by Tertiary alkalic volcanic rocks, I knew there had to be gold. And I found gold in the RH in veins, shears, Tertiary breccias, stockworks, pyrite. I also found significant gold elsewhere in Wyoming – Seminoe Mountains, Mineral Hill, Purgatory Gulch, more.

Left – Gold at the end of the rainbow at the Duncan mine, & view of part of the auriferous shear at the Carissa – a major gold deposit with potentially >US$billion in gold.

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barite

OTHER GEMS

During 30 years at the WGS, I found hundreds of deposits. How did I do this? I used geology as a guide; I looked at things differently and was motivated to look and search for mineral deposits.

While conducting reconnaissance, I discovered jasper in several old mines at Tin Cup, in an outcrop near the south edge of the Rattlesnake Hills, and found jasperoid at Quaking Asp Mountain. Some of the Tin Cup jasper is extraordinary and found in masses weighing several hundred pounds. The jasper in the Rattlesnake Hills contained some fossil leaf imprints.

Nearly everywhere I explored, I followed trends and examined geology which lead me to other mineral deposits. I was curious enough to find out what some of the unusual minerals were that I picked up, and as a result, I identified more than a dozen minerals that had never been reported in Wyoming.
Above – barite from Mine Hills, Shirley Basin. Middle- a group of cabochons cut from various material. Below – beautiful jasper from Tin Cup & me standing in old prospect pit. These prospects were reported as having high-grade gold values. I found no gold & likely these were left over from various gold mining frauds and scams from the 1800s. Note the large mass of jasper to my right (probably a few tons of high quality material).


Left – Labradorite feldspar collected by Norma Beers in the road bed of Albany County 12 in Albany County. This is just one of millions of gem-quality feldspar found in this area – yet this resource remains unexplored.

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GEMSTONES & GEOLOGY

A good understanding of geology, persistence & some luck can lead to incredible treasures. In 1977, I started work as a research geologist at the Wyoming Geological Survey in Laramie. Next to nothing was known about gemstones in the state, but over the years, I tracked down many mineral deposits & found some of the largest gemstone deposits ever found on earth. Anyone can do it. My story is found in many publications, the most recent published by Booksurge at Amazon.

MORE information at GEMHUNTER.

Some of the many gemstones discovered in Wyoming since 1977.