#87 - What Are You Hunting For

Posted on Thursday, March 11th, 2021 at 10:20 am by LaLonde Jewelers

We are all hunters.

When we think of hunters most of us think of people going out into the woods, fields or waterways with a rod or gun. Looking for some type of fish or animal. I got to thinking all of us hunt for something. We hunt for the clothes we wear, where our children go to school, a place to live, a wife a husband a special book and yes, rocks and gems. Some people can hunt for more than one thing at the same time.

Like a woman hunting for that special coat might just happen by a nice man and bag a husband. We are all aware of our surroundings and take advantage of every situation.

I remember a man who came into my office and he had a rock that he wanted to know its value. He had found it on an elk hunting trip to Wyoming. He was told by a local to look for black rocks that might have white streaks while up in the mountains. He said it is called black jade. Well, this guy found one and when he got back to town, he had a gem guy polish part of it. So, as I was looking at it there was a high polished shinny greasy luster area that had a very appealing look. I tested the rock that was about the size of a baseball and it turned out to be black Nephrite, a type of jade but not as valuable as the black jadeite.

I explained it would cost about as much as it is worth to have it polished into some stones.

Now there was this kid named Jacobs in 1867 was out hunting on his family property in South Africa and in the stream found a diamond which was later named the Eureka Diamond which weighed 21.25 carats. This kicked off the largest diamond explosion in history.

Some people hunt for animals and find diamonds and others find Nephrite.

As this gentleman was leaving the store a little dismayed that his Nephrite was not worth a lot, I asked him “well did you bag an Elk?” And he said, “oh yes I did.” Well, I guess it turned out to be a successful trip.

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