|Gem-quality pyrope garnet faceted from rough collected at Butcherknife|
Draw near Green River, Wyoming.
So I went looking and was amazed at all of the gems, diamonds and gold that had been overlooked in the Cowboy State: I kid you not - some sitting right along the highway! And I can guarantee there is a lot more, but it seems like nothing is being done since I left Wyoming in 2007 even though I had found evidence for hundreds of more diamond deposits, gold deposits, a few palladium deposits, several ruby deposits, more iolite deposits and possibilities for emeralds and other beryl deposits (aquamarine and helidor) just to name a few.
|A beautiful lady with transparent |
jade in necklace.
I also found evidence for additional ruby and sapphire deposits in the central Laramie Range, Granite Mountains, Owl Creek Mountains and southern Wind River Mountains after finding seven previously unknown ruby deposits. And I began chasing more opal deposits where ever the countryside had been blanketed by Tertiary to Recent ash falls from past eruptions from the Yellowstone caldera (I had already found one of the largest opals on earth that weighed more than 77,000 carats with larger stones left in the field and also found a large deposit of fire opal). I was searching for other gems including possibilities of emeralds in the Sierra Madre and Overthrust belt, investigating enormous amounts of sky blue kyanite, looking for more iolites, rubies, sapphires and aquamarines, and I had verified Colorado, Montana and Wyoming was underlain by a major diamond province.
|Gem kyanite from Laramie|
I began to search for different gemstones keeping in mind the geological environments and the rock chemistry. I started to make lists of what I might find and kept extensive files on various gemstones and their geological environments worldwide. While I was mapping, I was also searching for gold, base metals, strategic metals, gemstones and decorative rocks. Soon I was finding many gemstones on my list. Here is the list of what I started searching for and finding in many cases:
|Giant jade boulder from Jeffrey City, Wyoming.|
|A 12-carat, nearly flawless, rough pink sapphire recovered from the Palmer|
Canyon deposit by Vic Norris.
|Flawless pyrope garnet I collected at Butcherknife |
Draw, Wyoming and sent to Sri Lanka for faceting.
|Gem kyanite cut into cabochons from Palmer Canyon, Wyoming. |
There are literally hundreds of billions of carats of this gemstone
in eastern Wyoming at Palmer Canyon, Cooney Hills, Grizzly
Creek and likely in other areas of the state (Hausel, 2009). These and other
aluminum-rich minerals are often found in what geologists call metapelite
(mica-rich schists) that was subjected to moderately high pressures and
temperatures. Using this information, I found dozens of these deposits around
Wyoming. The colors and fractures in these gems actually enhance their
appearance. I am very surprised that someone has not tried to market these
as they are relatively easy to cut. They are a low value gem, but when there
are billions of carats - who cares.
|Transparent blue barite from Shirley Basin, Wyoming.|
|Cape Emerald from State Line district, Wyoming|
|Banded Jasper from Tin Cup district, Wyoming|
|1.1 carat faceted ruby from Palmer|
|Enormous ruby faceted from rough collected in the Laramie|
|Cabochon of specularite with copper from Charter Oak mine,|
|Gem labradorite from Sybille Canyon,|
|Malachite with specular hematite from the Hartville area, Wyoming|