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  1. #1
    WVTreasure

    Gemstones in WV

    Supposedly there are no gemstones in WV, according to geologists, however Opals have been found at Coopers Rock and the third largest diamond found in the US was found in southern WV (the Punch Jones diamond) proving geologist wrong.

    I have studied gemology and I am certified in Colored stones and Diamonds through the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) and I can tell you that they are here. Finding them however is a different story, as most gemstones do not look as the finished product.

    I personally have found aquamarines and a lavender sapphire, your best bet is to look in sandstone deposits, conglomerates that contain white quartz sometimes contain other materials and are glacially formed, meaning that the materials are not indigenous to WV but were transported long ago by a glacier. Look for the colors blue, green, pink, and purple. You will be surprised on what you can find when you know what to look for. One other tip. Water and Sunlight are the easiest way to find these gemstones.

    Good hunting.

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    us
    Feb 2006
    Castle Shannon, PA
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    Re: Gemstones in WV

    The glaciers never reached WV, so how could they have formed the mineral deposits?

  3. #3

    Mar 2007
    West "by god" Virginia
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    Re: Gemstones in WV

    True, the glaciers never reached WV, but they were knock knock knockin' on heavens door.

    A large lake of glacial melt had formed to the north of WV, because of a huge ice dam. The subsequent deterioration of the dam resulted in alluvial deposits along the northern part of the state, as well as drainage changes and deposits in the southern part of the state. The gold that has been found in the state is proof of glacial deposits reaching into WV. Any gem material that was carried along could also be found in the state.

    Aside from that, there is much gem material to be had naturally in this state, in the form of various flints and cherts.

    Good luck!.............HH

  4. #4
    us
    Feb 2006
    Castle Shannon, PA
    Whites MXT
    1,185
    15 times

    Re: Gemstones in WV

    Quote Originally Posted by MEinWV
    True, the glaciers never reached WV, but they were knock knock knockin' on heavens door.

    A large lake of glacial melt had formed to the north of WV, because of a huge ice dam. The subsequent deterioration of the dam resulted in alluvial deposits along the northern part of the state, as well as drainage changes and deposits in the southern part of the state. The gold that has been found in the state is proof of glacial deposits reaching into WV. Any gem material that was carried along could also be found in the state.

    Aside from that, there is much gem material to be had naturally in this state, in the form of various flints and cherts.

    Good luck!.............HH
    Cool. I grew up in Kearneysville, WV. In which part of the state do you reside?


  5. #5
    No Time To Hunt

    Oct 2005
    WV
    Whites XLT
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    Re: Gemstones in WV

    Lake Monongahela maybe, "ice dam" was at or about Pittsburgh or roughly half way between Pitt and WVU if memory serves me...lake was formed stretching south down into or beyond Clarksburg. Possibly some glacial activity in extreme northern panhandle areas. Not sure if I would think that glaciers deposited anything anywhere south of there, drainage patterns would not have fit deposition into interior WV. But heck anything is a possibility, I just wouldn't waste much time seeking them in my area.
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  6. #6

    Mar 2007
    West "by god" Virginia
    Fishers CZ5 and 1280X
    1,166

    Re: Gemstones in WV

    Quote Originally Posted by Kiros32
    Quote Originally Posted by MEinWV
    True, the glaciers never reached WV, but they were knock knock knockin' on heavens door.

    A large lake of glacial melt had formed to the north of WV, because of a huge ice dam. The subsequent deterioration of the dam resulted in alluvial deposits along the northern part of the state, as well as drainage changes and deposits in the southern part of the state. The gold that has been found in the state is proof of glacial deposits reaching into WV. Any gem material that was carried along could also be found in the state.

    Aside from that, there is much gem material to be had naturally in this state, in the form of various flints and cherts.

    Good luck!.............HH
    Cool. I grew up in Kearneysville, WV. In which part of the state do you reside?

    The other side of the State, northern panhandle.

  7. #7

    Feb 2006
    Lake City FL
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    Re: Gemstones in WV

    Found small amount of gold very near Hawks nest state park in 1977 in a small stream beside the road,a distant cousin found a nugget when she was 13 close to the town of Tunnelton Wva. Dad bought it and had WVa pendants and tie tacs made out of it at the dental school in Morgantown.Thats a real old mountain chain there, not like out west. everything is pretty much covered up.On the eastern side of the state we owned a 1000 acres strip crossing Cannan Valley .On the Cabin Mountain side of the valley the top of Cabin Mountain there is nothing but broken angular boulders of granate so deep that there is no ground to walk on just large broken rocks .I asked a geologist about that and he said thats where the glacier ended. Dad and I hiked up the mountain when I was a kid ,nothing but big broken rocks and blueberry bushes growing out of the cracks. Huge juicy blueberries that tasted great after the climb up there.There were black bear up there too eating the berries ,they didn't seem concerned about our being there. West Virginia is a wonderful place with many treasures to be found ,that day it was enjoying blueberries on top of Cabin Mountain with my Dad.The best place to find the opals at Coopers rock is to hike down the mountain from the park to the river in the valley below . The hike is pretty steep so a walking stick is handy. When you get down to the river work your way upstream checking out the river gravel .Several nice gems have been found and the park officals won't bother you down there.
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