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Kimberlite and Lamproite – Host Rocks for Diamond

Chuck Norris’s cousin, Vic, digs for hidden kimberlite under grassy vegetationanomaly discovered by the Gem Hunter in the Iron Mountain kimberlitedistrict in Wyoming. Kimberlite is very difficult to recognize. It is basically a potassic peridotite and comes in a variety of colors and textures. Most notable is green kimberlite due to abundant serpentinized olivine. It

How to Identify Diamonds in Nature

14.2 carat octahedral diamond from Kelsey Lake, Colorado (photo courtesy of Howard Coopersmith). In addition to the type of diamond we see at weddings, other varieties of extremely hard natural carbon are known including carbonado (polycrystalline) and lonsdaleite (hexagonal). These are all forms of carbon, as is graphite. But carbonado and lonsdaleite are very rare

DIAMONDS, DIAMONDS & MORE DIAMONDS

I love searching for diamonds. My first chance to explore for diamonds deposits occurred in 1977 when I was hired by Dr. Dan Miller of the WGS to appraise the newly discovered district south of Laramie. I ended up mapping the State Line district, found 9 diamond-bearing kimberlites my first 2 years & later mapped

PERIDOT

In 1997, I decided to search the Leucite Hills in western Wyoming for diamonds (see photo at left). I didn’t find diamonds, but mark my words – “DIAMONDS WILL BE FOUND HERE”. This is an easy prediction to make based on geology. The Leucite Hills consist of several lamproite volcanoes & flows that erupted 900,000