Friday, February 8, 2013

Gemstones, Diamonds and Gold

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Learn how to find gemstones, diamonds & gold using a little geology from the most successful prospector/geologist in the history of Wyoming.

Multicolored jasper from Tin Cup, Wyoming
Jasper breccia, Tin Cup
One of my favorites - I heard about jade replacing quartz in the Granite Mountains, but wasn't too sure this
legend was true. Well, it turned out to be true. I recovered several specimens of hexagonal jade in the Tin Cup area. The
jade took on the crystal habit of quartz as it replaced the former mineral one atom at a time.
Found this (the ruby not the quarter) in the Red Dwarf ruby deposit near Tin Cup, Wyoming. The ruby is surrounded by
zoisite (the same stuff they make Tanzanite from).

Ain't she pretty? A beautiful pigeon-blood reddish purple ruby collected from Red Dwarf near Tin Cup, Wyoming. The
ruby is partially replaced by emerald green zoisite (aka Wyoming Tanzanite) and both are enclosed by fuchsite-chlorite

Nice white sapphire from area west of Tin Cup in the Granite Mountains
Wyoming. Always check to see what is inside a nodule.

I found it! This prospect is filled with jasper. I was able to follow the jasperized vein on the surface for several hundred feet
showing there is a very sizable resource of jasper sitting on the surface in this area. Some people asked me what the
Wyoming Geological Survey gave me for all of my discoveries - well they got the gold mine and I got the shaft. In 2004,
the new State Geologist stepped into office and soon the place was like a Appalachian Hillbilly agency with all
of his friends and even some relatives (and a couple of communists) hired to replace highly qualified people.