#84 - I Dig It

Posted on Thursday, January 28th, 2021 at 9:50 am by LaLonde Jewelers

Years ago, on one of my trips to Alaska I was in Fairbanks with a friend from there. Well, ole Willy drove me outside of town where the old dredging machines would rake the ground looking for gold. You could see where 30 to 50 years before the mounds of dirt and gravel was still pilled up over the landscape. For a pristine Alaska it did not look very good. Standing out in that field looking over the disturbed land Willie said to me if you were to take a shovel and start digging you will find gold.

“Wow”, I thought , “gold!” A feeling came over me like I hadn’t felt before, in that instance I had gold fever. Then I knew what all the folklore was about. The 1896 Alaskan/Yukon gold rush, the 49ers in California. The poetry of Robert Service, the British/Canadian poet who spent time in the Yukon and put to pen what the miners felt. “The cremation of Sam McGee”, and “The shooting of dangerous Dan McGrew”

These were deep down feelings and there is a fever that is attached to it.

Now gold is in limited quantities and is very heavy so what is pushed up from the earths mantel thru volcanic activity or is splashed down from super nova’s and asteroids over millions of years settles deep in the ground and usually has to be mined. On occasion it can be found close to the surface like in stream beds. This is where it is first noticed and then the stampede is on. It isn’t long before all the surface material is found and you have to resort to full scale mining. This gets very expensive, the machines, fuel cost, manpower and what gold is selling for. A few years ago, when gold was 5-6 hundred an ounce there was less mining. Now that it is up near 2,000.00 per ounce there is more mining and long forgotten claims have been reopened.

I have felt gold and held a lot of raw gold in my hands, I will tell you nothing feels like it and the mystery of it.

So if I were to take you out into a field and say to you “if you were to dig right here you will find some gold” You just might get that feeling of the fever and run and get a shovel and start digging.

Written by Dan LaLonde, G.G., G.I.A.
Lalonde Jewelers & Gemologists
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