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…

CAPE RUBIES, CAPE EMERALDS, GARNETS

Diamonds were discovered in Wyoming & Colorado in 1975 by Mac McCallum, Chuck Mabarak & the USGS. This lead to some exploration for diamonds. Associated with diamonds are a host…

GOLD & OTHER PRECIOUS METALS

Little was known about gold in Wyoming, thus I set out to map, evaluate & find more. I discovered gold everywhere I looked. I was amazed at how much had…

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…

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…

IOLITE (WATER SAPPHIRE)

A 16-carat iolite from Palmer Canyon, Wyoming. I discovered iolite (water sapphire) at Palmer Canyon in 1995. The iolite occurred with gem-quality kyanite in mica schist & gneiss adjacent to…

RUBY & SAPPHIRE

Ruby & Sapphire are beautiful stones. In 1995, I discovered my first ruby-sapphire-corundum deposit mixed with iolite & kyanite at Palmer Canyon west of Wheatland. After I recognized this association…

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…

GEMSTONES & GEOLOGY

A good understanding of geology, persistence & some luck can lead to incredible treasures. In 1977, I started work as a research geologist at the Wyoming Geological Survey in Laramie.…