|Some of the first faceted peridot gemstones from W. Dan|
Hausel's discovery in the Leucite Hills
41°52'24"N; 108°47'46"W) 12 miles north of Point of the Rocks, and it almost took my breath away - well, not really, it was the winds along the Wyoming jet stream that nearly sucked the life out of me.
I almost forgot that Wyoming was windy when I saw the 13,000 carats of treasure just sitting in two green-colored anthills waiting for someone to confiscate the treasure from those mining ants.
But, where does it come from and how does one prospect for the gem? First, there are lots of discoveries to be made. Just use scientific principals, learn a little about geology, open your eyes and throw away that white cane, then ignore everyone who tells you that everything has already been found. I’ve heard this so many times from politicians, geologists, greenies, and historians that the next time I hear it, I will probably puke on their nice, clean field boots.
When I discovered peridot in Wyoming in 1997, no one had any idea that the gemstone existed in the state - which was typical of most of the discoveries I made over three decades. After I collected the gems, I showed them to the State Geologist/Director of the Wyoming Geological Survey and he declared the material was not a gemstone. You be the judge – take a look at some of the brilliant-cut and marquise-cut peridots I had faceted from this deposit. One thing is clear (most people don't realize this), the State Geologist/Director of State Geological Surveys do not have to have a measurable IQ let alone a degree in geology - they are political appointees who often reflect the viewpoints of their political party and governor. I worked for four different State Geologists - the first two were very good geologists and excellent human beings - then there was the last two.
found doesn't mean that it isn't there -
more than likely, no one looked"
|View of Boars Tusk lamproite volcanic neck, Leucite Hills, Wyoming.|
|View of Black Rock lamproite in background where more than 13,000 carats of gem-quality peridot was discovered in two|
anthills by W. Dan Hausel. Gems ranging from a millimeter to 0.5 inch in diameter were found in the soils adjacent to
Black Rock and in place in the lamproite flow.
|Many uncut peridot gems from the Leucite Hills|
|Thin section of kimberlite rock from the Nix pipe in |
Colorado in plane polarized light. The rounded blue
to violet colored minerals are olivine grains partially
replaced by serpentine.
|Gem-quality peridot found in Leucite Hills|
|A portion of the 13,000 carats of peridot discovered|
in two anthills along the flank of Black Rock in the Leucite Hills..
|Peridot rough surrounding faceted gems from the Black |
Rock discovery site.