|Rough ruby, sapphire, iolite and kyanite gems in schist from Wyoming|
|Nearly all of the rock behind field |
assistant Wayne in this photo, is one,
giant iolite gemstone. Chip away at the
limonite-stained rock, and it is a beautiful,
violet colored translucent gem!!!
|A book that has led to recent gem|
discoveries in the US.
During a search of another old publication on Cordierite in Wyoming, by Newhouse and Hagner, 1949 the GemHunter was led to more iolite discoveries - and potentially one with more than 2.5 trillion-carats of the gem. Why cordierite? Cordierite is the mineralogists' term for iolite. So by using the publication, a reconnaissance field investigation led to identification of several, detrital, gem-quality, iolite gems northeast of Laramie, near the old Strong mine, along the 9th street road.
|Under the limonite at Grizzly Creek is some |
extraordinary iolite gemstones unmatched
by any other deposit on earth.
|A book about gold in Wyoming|
|A few of the first, faceted stones from Palmer Canyon.|
|A 12-carat rough pink sapphire recovered from Palmer Canyon, Wyoming by Vic Norris.|