Diamonds, a Possible Cure for Gold Fever.
Following the writings of Dan Hausel this past summer, I decided to give diamonds a try. I watched all I could on YOUTUBE on how it is done in Guyana and the Congo. Then, I studied use of the Saruca, essentially the same concept except the Saruca is turned over after processing and it looks like the folks using the bigger round baskets merely throw out the lighter stuff around the edges and sort through the heavies in the middle.
I went to some streams in Colorado where diamonds were being recovered more or less by accident while prospecting for gold or where gold mining techniques were being used to catch diamonds.
It took me three weeks of failure, a trip up into Wyoming to recover some peridot and more than a few nights pondering where it all went wrong. I decided to drop back into Colorado and give it another try.
This time I searched the stream bed and sampled until I found a thick dark gray or bluish clay and once again began my search. 13 raw diamonds later, I am a dyed in the wool born again diamond hunter. Only one of the 13 I found was gem quality, a small octahedral around .25 carat but that has lit the fire.
Just wondering if any others out there have gone after diamonds either here in the US or further south and if you don't mind sharing just exactly what you did to maximize recovery.
Stan's response: Holy Moses Karl! You just hit my hot button. Bravo for you! I am a big fan of diamond prospecting. I plan to cover this topic in a big way down the road in a few weeks or months.
A number of years ago, I spent a month wandering around the Gran Savannah of Venezuela. I was following in the footsteps of Pino Turolla (Beyond the Andes 1970 & 1976). Using Pino's maps, I hit the jackpot on a feeder stream of the Caroni River. The entire plateau (between the Caroni and Paraguas) is underlain by alluvial diamonds!
I'll have much more to share about this expedition, along with a bunch of photos. I paid for my entire trip and expenses nearly 3 times over. I used a black light in the early evenings which made many of the diamonds fluoresce right in place. It was like taking candy from a baby.
All of the diamonds were sitting on top of a bluish clay layer. Mother Nature had done the mining through erosion, exposing huge lengths of the clay layer to plain sight.
I love raw diamonds!