Prospecting For A Pegmatite Pocket

This is an excellent and current video on pegmatite pockets by Tom Campbell, Staff Mineralogist, The Arkenstone.

I’m headeding into pegmatite country soon and I will be on the lookout. Sobering statistics. Less than 1% of pegmatite rock hosts pockets and only 1% of that contains recoverable, intact gemstones.

Never-the-less, I always find something interesting when I am out in the field, especially in an area of complex geology.

On my last trip I found that rare granite and wonderful pyrite specimens in a black matrix (probably biotite rich schist) right along the side of the road. There was some pegmatite rock as well but of poor quality.

Who knows? I am going.
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