Deposits of rare minerals prized for their color, durability, sparkle, and clarity when cut and polished and used as ornaments or jewelry.
Natural gemstones [ More info] Online booklet on natural gemstones, terminology, geologic environment, birthstones, U.S. production, chemical formulas, and references.
Western Region Mineral Resources Project listing [ More info] Links to ongoing mineral resources projects in the Western Region of the United States plus links to offices and staff of the Western Mineral Resources Team.
A methodology for conducting national-scale alluvial diamond resource potential and production capacity assessments, with a focus on artisanal mining [ More info] Geologic evidence, combined with geographical data and analyized through a geographic information system allows us to compare production statistics with likely resource estimates.
Summary of the diamond resource potential and production capacity assessment of Guinea [ More info] Describes organizational process and field study used to estimate production capacity (mostly by artisanal miners) in the parts of the country likely to contain diamonds. We estimate a production capacity of 600,000 carats per year.
Summary of the reconnaissance investigation of the diamond resource potential and production capacity of Côte d'Ivoire [ More info] Study integrating archival reports and maps, satellite imagery, and terrain modeling to estimate resource reserves of 11,200,000 carats in two regions of the country.
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