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Wyoming Rough Available

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Lysite Agate


Most often a banded agate ranging from reds to browns and white or clear, often has interchanging bands of limestone material. It formed in a depositional environment of a limestone/and or dolomite (I have not checked which). The agate seems to have filled voids. Voids can still be found and they are coated with beautiful quartz crystals.


Wyoming Jade
The Jade fields of Wyoming are famous for thier nephrite Jade. While many of the mines are closed, many of the claims are still kept by family members. Be careful and check the courthouse in Lander before venturing out. The BLM is committing fraud by not telling people to check the court house - Mining Claim Law in Wyoming requires all legal claims to be posted in the Court house.


Wyoming Jade comes in many colors. The most prevelent color is the dark green. You can always see the green if you put a corner up to the light. Often, the piece will look black unless you put the corner up to the light. One of my favorite colors is the Honey Olive.

The Apple and Emerald Green are the colors most people associate with Jade. The Orient has done a fantastic job of marketing these colors to the exclusion of all the others. These are the colors which are the most rare, and the most expensive.

So branch out and enjoy the world of the many colors of Nephite Jade from Wyoming.

Olive Green

Honey Olive Green

Dark Olive Green

Water Mark Green

Black

Sage

Apple Green

Emerald Green

and a variety of other mixed colors.


Prairie Tanzanite

The Mineral is Zoisite, it is found in alteration zones(Metamorphic) in and around the jade fields of Wyoming. The typical find is pink mixed in with the Jade, and the pink zoisite has long been called "pink and Green Jade" by the Jade miners of Wyoming.

There are a few places where the color zones into the beautiful violet and even into a deeper purple. As of this date, there is no find of crystals or crystalizations which match the material "Tanzanite". Because of the beautiful color, we named this material "Prairie Tanzanite" in honor of the zoisite from Tanzania and because we found it on the prairie of Wyoming. This material comes from our claims.


Turetilla

A Sedimentary deposit of shell. This comes from southwestern Wyoming.

Medicine Bow Agate

These agates are from the southern Shirley Basin area.

   







Plume agate

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