The GemHunter

Professor Hausel's Guide to Finding Gemstones, Diamonds, GoldRocks & Minerals 

Finding Gemstones

"Politicians and Diapers must be changed often, and for the same reason."
- Mark Twain

'RINGGGGGGGGGG', ring, ring. 'CLICK'. Scratch, scratch, scratch......  "Can't get to the phone right now - found another gem deposit. You should see these - they'll knock your socks off. Just need to figure out how to get 'em out of the rock - do you have any dynamite?"


"About last week. I found a cashe of gems! Visualize a plethora of Cape Emerald, Cape Ruby, chromian enstatite, picroilmenite, chromite, diamond and fancy diamond so saturated in color that Mother Nature had to work overtime to produce these? Yep, found them near... well let's just say somewhere in North America."


"What's that? Sorry, I was gone last month consulting on a gold mine in California. Yeah, its been awhile since I mapped all of those mines at South Pass  so, I just needed to get my mining fix."


"The previous month? Well, you must admit when you find water sapphire as large as Smart Cars, it can make you forget appointments. Why do you suppose they call them Smart Cars anyway? Can't be too smart paying full price for half a car - must be another government program. Oh yeah, the larger iolite gems are enormous. Did haul out one of small ones: weighed 24,150 carats, the largest ever found in the world, but itsy bitsy compared to those million plus carat stones I left in the outcrop."  You should have seen me walking up the hill with by backpack full of iolite rough - it was a rough climb.


"What? You can't find any rubies? Did you read my latest book on FINDING GEMSTONES?  I even gave GPS locations to most of the Wyoming deposits as well as locations where YOU likely will find new deposits".

"GOLD? My son and I wrote a 365-page book on gold - mostly about Wyoming. Yes my son is also a geologist: graduated from UW with degrees in Geology, Physics, Astrophysics & Astronomy with a Math minor all at the same time. And yes, I just finished my book on GOLD in ARIZONA. Huh? You can't identify a green mineral you found near Jeffrey City? Did you see my other book on GEM, MINERAL & ROCK identification?"


"Remembered my 44-Magnum & boots. The gun does make better bear repellent: the boots are not bad for kicking diamondbacks off of those kimberlite pipes. Why do you suppose snakes are so attracted to diamonds anyway? And did you hear about the prospector who read my Gemstone book and panned Rabbit Creek taking out several diamonds including one of 5-carats! A 5-carat flawless diamond in a gold pan! Just imagine what he would have taken out if he had a backhoe - or more than just one afternoon! Yes, he easily paid for all of my books with that gem. It's true, we found one of the largest gold deposits in the world in Alaska - much larger than anything else found in the US - and, yep, they got the gold mine and we got the shaft".


"Oh, one more thing - if you're a telemarketer, you have the wrong number! A politician? You already took my money! A CEO for a mining company and need information on gold or diamonds - you know my rates. A rock hound? Leave a message and I might get back to you after I get this boulder out of my pickup".  BEEEEEP!


It's finished - "GOLD IN Arizona - A Guide for Prospectors". Took long enough, but that's because Arizona has so many gold deposits.

I worked in Wyoming, and mapped the 480-square-mile South Pass greenstone belt and discovered gold in the Rattlesnake Hills east of South Pass after igniting a gold rush to the Seminoe Mountains greenstone belt 

I found gold and gemstones right under your nose, even along I-80 in Wyoming and adjacent to other highways. Believe it or not, Albany County used road-bed material with high-quality labradorite (spectrolite) gems to grade county roads and parts of US-34 from Bosler Junction to Wheatland. And sitting next to two of these roads are two diamond pipesCan you visualize those county bureaucrats taking 3-hour lunch breaks with their dump trucks full of labradorite gemstones while sitting in the middle of a diamond pipe complaining about their rotten pay? 


I lived in a tent and mapped the Radium Springs and Lewiston Lakes quadrangles at South Pass and didn't see another person all summer. I mapped more than 1,000 square kilometers of complex geological terrain and more than 3 dozen abandoned gold, silver and copper mines. To be in the middle of nowhere (I do not use the term wilderness because it's a term for wantabe environmentalists and politicians who think the earth is a sentient being) by myself with only a tent and rock pick while singing with coyotes - I loved it! Don't like environmentalists - they have an agenda that doesn't include humans (I wonder what world they came from?). 


Enjoy writing - not too long ago, I published my 1,000th publication and contributed to a 97th book. My bibliography of publications on geology, gemstones, diamonds and gold lists many of my pubs. I enjoy sharing ideas with prospectors and rockhounds as most are my kind of people. Someday, I hope to write a book about some of these unusual personalities.  


I was in demand for field trips and led free excursions and lectured to local mineral and rock clubs and national professional associations to educate the public on finding mineralsgemstones, gold and diamonds. Awarded an AAPG award for best talk at a conference (and I'm not even a petroleum geologist), presented the Wyoming Geological Association's "Distinguished Service Award", awarded "Distinguished Speaker" for the Laramie Lycem and "Distingished Lecturer" for the University of Wyoming Department of Geology and Geophysics. I was even inducted into the "National Rock Hound Hall of Fame" for communication skills. Not bad for a kid who was once afraid to talk in front of a mirror, let alone people. Ok, Ok, I agree, I'm a workaholic. I'm good at things that interest me but just as bad at things that don't. I'm a geologist, gem huntergold prospector, diamond prospector, martial artistpublic speakerartistwriter, former astronomer, and former professional musician. Why martial arts? When I hunt rocks and forget my hammer, I'm still prepared to break things! 

Did I mention I write books? There's a few other things that even I don't know about myself that I'm good at. Not a mechanic: can't fix anything without a hammer and duct tape. Good business management escapes me and computers dumbfound me. Not good at being politically correct and never will be. I'm not a democrat or republican - like everything, I'm independent. Guess I'll stop talking about politics in case your kids read this.


I worked among mountain lions, bobcats, bears, rattlesnakes (no not politicians - but the creepy crawly... hmmm, guess they're all creepy crawlers) and ranchers. At one place in the West Cooney Hills of Wyoming, I found billions of carats of a gemstone known as kyanite. Now this is a very good example why people miss so many gemstones. Kyanite doesn't look like much, but some stones produce extraordinary gemstones - one just needs to look at these minerals and see their potential! At a nearby abandoned mine, I walked into a rattlesnake den. The mine floor was alive and moving, so I did an about face and labeled my map - "Rattlesnake Den mine". At another mine at South Pass, I labeled the diggings "Wet Dream Mine". I never heard the end of that one. Some people have no sense of humor.


I love old mines and most still have significant gold. I once offered a couple prospectors mugs of beer to dig out some mine adits so I could get in to map them (prospecting old mines and finding new gold and gem deposits is better than sex - well, not really, but almost). I was the first person to climb inside some mines in 50 to 100 years. In one - the "Tabor Grand", I could see where some old miner wrote in mud on the mine rib '1890'. Amazing it was still there and looked like it had been written yesterday. I explored an old mine in California where miners in 1911 and 1939 did the same, but instead they burned numbers on the mine ribs (walls) with candles. I mapped mining districts to find precious metals and stones and provide basic geological information for prospectors and mining companies. I even discovered a major gold district west of Casper. And then there was Alaska - worked in Alaska two summers as a consultant, and a group of us found one of the largest gold deposits ever found in history at Donlin Creek. And then there were many dozens of deposits I found while working in the outback with me, myself and I. 

I took annual leave (vacations) each year to consult around North America. When I left the WGS, I went to work as VP of US Exploration for an Australian diamond company. While working for the Aussies, I found a few hundred cryptovolcanic deposits in Colorado, Montana, and Wyoming; told them to pick up placer ground, and got them an actual diamond mine, but the economic crisis of 2008 put the Aussies out of business. Well, there goes another finders fee! If I could have collected all of the finder fees I was promised over the years. 


In 1975, Wyoming was the jade king. Today, Wyoming has jade, diamonds, pyrope garnet, almandine garnet, spessartine garnet, peridotchromian diopside, Cape Ruby, Cape Emerald, blue barite, aquamarine, helidor, common opal, fire opal, precious opal, gold, iolite, ruby, sapphire, apatite, jasper, agate, onyx, epidote, kyanite and many other gems. Where were all of these gems hiding? Well, I hope to tell you not only where they were hiding, but also how to find others in my books. 


Well, got to go! Oh, by the way, you can get weekly tips on prospecting at the GemHunter's Facebook. When you forget your rock-hammer, I also provide ideas on how to break those rocks without a hammer, and give you some  self-defense tips for Rock Hounds. 

God Bless!

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