Saturday, March 20, 2021

Wisdom in Ruby and other Gems

"Receive my instruction, and not silver; and knowledge rather than choice gold.
For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it."
Proverbs 8:10-11
Faceted ruby (12-carats) cut from corundum found in
vermiculite-schist at Palmer Canyon, Wyoming
The wisdom of Proverbs dwells deep into the human soul and such wisdom helps explain myself to myself. All my life, I found value in what myself and others did, not in how much money anyone made. I do not hold anyone in contempt for this: we earthlings have a view that a person's value is based on wealth. But think about this! How much wisdom does it take to be born king or queen of England? 

You see, over the years working as a research geologist for the Wyoming Geological Survey at the University of Wyoming, as well as consultant for a variety of mining companies, one might think I was incredibly rich! I am, but not in materialism. I have no money to speak of, but I have had great experiences. I discovered, or was part of a discovery team, that found $billions in gold. Yes, this made people rich; but those who became rich, sat at the top of companies. Personally, I'm just so happy that they chose me as a consultant on some great consulting projects - the experiences I had can not be bought. And just think, when they pass on, they can't take their money with them. They'll be nothing but skin and bones.

I  was just one of a team of seven geologists who found this giant gold deposit in 1988! Then there are the other mineral discoveries over the years while camping in an old, $100 tent, in ghost towns, wilderness, and on the top of mountains. I walked hundreds of miles, breathed clean air, was bit by a tick, surrounded by rattlesnakes and coyotes, and met many entertaining prospectors and geologist in local pubs. So, I am rich with wonderful memories. Well, for me, value is knowledge and wisdom - not how large someone's pocket book is. Remember what the Bible says about a rich man getting into heaven

If I were to quote a book by a rich man without an education, many would enjoy such ramblings. But because I quote a book written by prophets that is filled with historical and archaeological facts, those who hate religion and Christ, will hate me personally, even though they don't know me. No problem, one of the reasons why I took up martial arts at the age of 14 and practiced nearly every day of my life, was because of people without wisdom.  

Accepted for a team of geologists at the
PDAC in Toronto by Richard Garnett in 2009
for discovery of the Donlin Creek gold deposit
found in 1988-89 in the Kuskokwim Mountains
near Crooked Creek, Alaska

It all goes back to Proverbs. When I started my college education years ago, my parents taught me to value what a person did with their life, rather than how much they could buy with inherited or stolen bank accounts. How sad is it to see so many billionaires and multi-millionaires who steal, form phony foundations, and give nothing back to the world, but brag about their contributions. Good luck with the eye of the needle.

How about a  genius such as Tesla. Tesla, may have been the brightest human in history; yet, he died penniless. During his life, he was determined to get his discoveries out to the world population at no cost. How many others can we say that about?

In contrast, Tesla worked part of his career for another apparent genius: Thomas Edison. History records Edison as a rich, greedy, heartless man, who electrocuted animals in public just to prove Telsa wrong. Sounds like most of our politicians. In our world, we've perverted materialism to have great value. So, why do we think of politicians and CEOs of large corporations to have qualities of wisdom and intelligence?

No, I'm not trying to suggest I'm a genius. Those who know me realize I'm not all that bright, but I am driven to discover. For example, I search for mineral deposits based on science, and as soon as I find what I'm looking for, I will study the deposit only long enough to gain more insight into structure, setting, chemistry, etc, and then I move on to the next treasure and leave the last one for others to figure out what to do with it. 

Vermiculite schist from Palmer Canyon with blue kyanite and pink-red corundum.

In the 1990s, I went looking for rubies misidentified as garnets by another geologist. After I found the deposit in Palmer Canyon in the Laramie Mountains west of Wheatland, Wyoming, I recognized other potential gemstones including sapphire, kyanite and possibly similar alumina-silicates. Looking, nearby; I discovered some incredibly, beautiful, iolite, another aluminum-rich gems. I don't think iolite and ruby are genetically linked, but they do have similarities in their geological (metamorphic) settings and rock chemistry. So, if I find another metamorphic ruby deposit, I don't believe I will always find another iolite deposit nearby, but because of these aluminum-rich rocks (meta-pelites) being formed under similar metamorphic grades (pressure and temperature), there is a chance of finding iolite and other alumina gems in the area. Some rubies and sapphires (i.e. corundum) appear to have a connection to a particular host rock known as vermiculite schist (the host for ruby, sapphire, and kyanite at Palmer Canyon), iolite does not. This association is important, and after I recognized this characteristic, I searched the literature for information on vermiculite deposits, visited them, and all of a sudden, I had another 6 discoveries. And I found some other iolite deposits based on the reported presences of a mineral geologists know as cordierite. So, yes, there is a link between geology, chemistry, setting, and even wisdom. 

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