Hessonite, Horseranch Range, BC



Almandine
Cordierite
Corundum
Diamond
Emerald
Garnet
Goshenite
Iolite
Kunzite
Quartz
Sapphire
Smoky Quartz
Spodumene
Tourmaline


GEMSTONES of the NORTHWEST TERRITORIES

Tourmaline, Stargazer Claim, NWT
Tourmaline crystal and gems from
O'Grady Lake, NWT (2.5 cm tall)

While the Northwest Territories is buzzing with diamond mining and exploration activity, there's exciting news on the coloured gemstone scene as well. Alpine Gems is currently exploring an exciting and potentially large deposit of pink tourmaline. Emerald and green beryl crystals were recently discovered north of Tungsten. Several occurrences of iolite are known in eastern NWT. The list of NWT gemstones continues to grow.

Unless otherwise noted, this list only includes localities that have produced faceted gems or crystals that could otherwise be cut into gems.


List of Gemstone Occurrences in Northwest Territories

(Mines and significant occurrences are marked in bold)

BERYL   Top
  1. Goshenite "colourless", Little Nahanni River, near Tungsten
  2. Goshenite "colourless", near Riber dyke, Prelude Lake, near Yellowknife
  3. Emerald "green & pale green", Lened property, near Tungsten
CORDIERITE  (gem name is Iolite)  Top
  1. Iolite "violet, dark blue", south Ghost Lake area
  2. Iolite "violet, dark blue", north Ghost Lake area
  3. Iolite "violet", Carp Lake area
Ghost Lake, Cordierite 1 Ghost Lake, Cordierite 2
CORUNDUM   Top
  1. Sapphire "blue", Outpost Islands (gem potential unknown - historic occurrence)
 
DIAMOND   Top
  1. Ekati Mine, Lac de Gras area
  2. Diavik Mine, Lac de Gras area
  3. many other occurrences and potential mines.
GARNET   Top
  1. Almandine "red", south Ghost Lake area
QUARTZ   Top
  1. "Smoky", Stargazer Claim, O’Grady Lake
  2. "Smoky", Little Nahanni River, near Tungsten
SPODUMENE   Top
  1. Kunzite "pink & colourless", Little Nahanni River, near Tungsten


TOURMALINE   Top
  1. "Pink, orange, blue, green", Stargazer Claim, O’Grady Lake
Tourmaline Crystal, Stargazer Claim, 6 cm tall

Links to Websites Dealing With NWT Gemstones

At the end of this article on Yukon Emeralds is a small section about emeralds from the Lened property, NWT. (Currently this link has been changed or removed.)
Here is a little bit more on the Lened Property.



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Specializing in Canadian Gemstones

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E-mail; brad@alpinegems.ca