|How a Metal Detector Can Help in the Search for Precious Rocks, Gems, and Minerals|
By Michael Bernzweig
Finding precious minerals in their natural setting is an exciting thing. Most of us only ever see precious gems and minerals up close and personal in places like geology class, a museum, or in a piece of jewelry. Being able to head out and find them on your own, though, is something special. Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately) precious minerals and stones aren't always easy to find - unless you possess the right equipment. Having a metal detector is one of the ways to make finding precious minerals a lot easier. This might seem surprising to some. Here to tell us more about how metal detectors can help in our search for precious rocks, gems and minerals is Michael Bernzweig from MetalDetector.com.
There are several different opportunities to find your own precious minerals and other types of rare stones and gems using a metal detector. Let's begin with meteorite hunting. Two of the three types of meteorite classifications (stony-iron and iron) can be found with metal detectors. This is possible because of the metals in these types of meteorites; however, many also contain precious minerals. Minerals like rutile, dolomite, zircon, and a variety of others have been found in these space rocks; which are very exciting to find in their own right too.
The best meteorite metal detector is one with a fairly low frequency coupled with a sensativity to small objects. Be sure to do your research to find the best meteorite metal detector for your search. You may also want to purchase a model with a large search coil, or choose one as an accessory. A larger search coil allows for deeper penetration and target identification; this is essential for meteorites which are often found deeper in the earth's crust. Two example models are the Bounty Hunter Platinum and the XP DEUS. In fact, the best meteorite metal detectors are also the machines that are known for being good gold prospecting metal detectors. This brings us to another way metal detectors can assist in finding precious minerals - locating gold ore.
When we think about finding gold, most of us picture gold nuggets; however, more often than not, gold is found in nature dispersed throughout other rocks and minerals as a gold ore. One of the most common minerals that can contain gold is quartz. Minerals like hematite and sphalerite may also be associated with gold. In addition, minerals such as fluorite, pyrite, and many others can be found as gangue minerals (i.e., a commercially non-valuable material that surrounds or is mixed with a desired mineral in an ore deposit) within gold ore. There is a wide variety of gold prospecting or nugget shooting metal detectors on the market. Again, research will help you select the best gold prospecting detector for locating naturally occurring gold nuggets and veins.
The same type of machine that is useful for detecting gold is also excellent for finding lost jewelry. Jewelry is widely known for holding a myriad of precious minerals, stones, and gems, while the settings may also be made of minerals such as gold, silver, and copper.
Metal detectors have a lot to offer mineral enthusiasts and can be a great help in furthering the exciting pastime of hunting for and collecting minerals. Be sure to research the location where you will be going in order to make your trip more prosperous, and to avoid stepping onto private property without permission. If you do not have them already, quality digging tools will also be helpful to bring along to make recovering your targets easier and more efficient. Once you are prepared, you can head out and begin finding minerals to add to your collection. Plus when you find them yourself, they will be even more beautiful and amazing than ever.
Biography: Michael Bernzweig manages MetalDetector.com in Southborough, MA. He has written extensively on the subject of metal detecting since the mid 1980's and has traveled world-wide in his pursuit of educating, exploring, and advising others in the proper use of metal detectors. Outside of the business he enjoys mentoring students, being involved in the community, and spending time with his family.