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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.

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.

OPAL

A rockhound from Riverton mentioned opal south of town. The Cedar Ridge deposit lies along the highway & is cut by numerous oil field roads, no one had recognized that this place had one of the largest opal deposits on earth! A few old geological reports from 50 years ago briefly mentioned opal, so I was surprised to find opal scattered over 14 mi2, opal masses >79,000 cts along the edge of the road & common, fire & precious opal with scattered Sweetwater agate & some of the nicest decorative stone on earth. All within Tertiary age volcaniclastic sedimentary rocks that had a notable contribution of volcanic ash erupted from Yellowstone in the geological past.

This gave me a clue – nearly all of Wyoming was blanketed by volcanic ash (as was Nebraska and South Dakota). Guess what? There are other opal fields waiting to be discovered. So I found millions of carats of common & fire opal & traces of precious opal (including black opal) that suggest as soon as someone digs, valuable veins of precious opal will be found as depth!
Photos show precious opal, Sweetwater agate, cobbles of opal in oil field adjacent to road. Below are fire and common opal