Palladium: This Years White Hot Metal

Palladium, this year’s hottest metal, is used mainly to cut pollution from gasoline engines. Yet anyone betting the rise of electric vehicles will curb demand anytime soon is likely to be disappointed, according to the metal’s top producer. Hybrid-electric cars, which also require precious metals to control pollution, represent a growing percentage of future demand, […]

The Largest Turquoise Mined

This gigantic Turquoise nugget is one of the largest ever found. Weighing in at a huge 97 pounds, this surreal piece features a light blue glossy band cutting across the piece of otherwise greenish-blue Turquoise. The surface texture is extremely intricate with an abundance of crevices and crenellations. Discovered in 1979, the nugget is one […]

Will Palladium Prices Surpass Gold?

Recent record-high palladium prices won’t necessarily mean increased supply since the bulk of the metal is mined alongside other metals, meaning limited reaction to its own price picture, says Metals Focus. The consultancy said Tuesday that it looks for global palladium production to decline by 2% to 6.7 million ounces next year. There is an […]

The Yogo Sapphire Mine of Montana

Jake Hoover, a gold prospector, discovered “little blue pebbles” in nearby Yogo Creek back in 1894. Since that time the Yogo sapphire deposit has been mined by both open pit and underground methods. An English syndicate first mined the deposit, on a large scale, in the early 1900’s. That operation produced hundreds of thousands of […]

Emerald Mining in Colombia

There has been more activity in emerald mining in Colombia in the last few years than at any other time in the four centuries since the Spanish first discovered the deposits. The past, however, has yielded many fabulous gems, the most famous of which are also described here and placed in historical perspective. Few gemstones […]

Mining for Emeralds in the United States

You don’t have to go to another country to mine for emeralds. One of the unique experiences available to the visitor to Emerald Village is the opportunity to prospect and dig for emeralds in the dumps at the Crabtree Emerald Mine. This mine produced emeralds from 1895 (including for the Tiffany Company of New York) […]