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.
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.