Hessonite, Horseranch Range, BC



Almandine
Andradite
Aquamarine
Beryl
Citrine
Demantoid
Emerald
Garnet
Hessonite
Jade
Peridot
Quartz
Rhodonite
Smoky Quartz
Topaz
Zircon



GEMSTONES of YUKON TERRITORY

Yukon Locality Map

The Yukon Territory, famous for its "Klondike Gold Rush" over 100 years ago, is home to several important gemstones. The official gemstone of the Yukon is "Lazulite" from the Rapid Creek area in northern Yukon. Although, many beautiful crystal specimens of lazulite have been found, crystals suitable for cutting are extremely rare. To date, only small, dark coloured gems have been cut. Both jade and rhodonite are mined sporadically. Gem quality apatite, citrine and smoky quartz are produced occasionally from the Emerald Lake area, northeast of Ross River. In 1998, EMERALD was discovered near Ross River by a mineral exploration company. The recent attention
Yukon emerald
Emerald crystal and gem (0.14 ct)
from Ross River, Yukon
this discovery has received may trigger a new "rush" - a gemstone rush. Yukon appears to have great potential for future coloured gemstone discoveries.

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 Yukon Territory

(Mines and significant occurrences are marked in bold)
BERYL  Top
  1. Aquamarine - Sceptre Claims, Emerald Lake
  2. Emerald - Regal Ridge, Goalnet Property, Ross River area
GARNET  Top
Andradite crystal, Swift River, Yukon
  1. Almandine "Dark Red" - Goalnet Claims, near Ross River
  2. Almandine "Red" - Sixty Mine River, Dawson area
  3. Almandine "Red" - Black Hills Creek, Dawson
  4. Andradite "Brown" - Swift river area
    Demantoid "Green" - Swift River area
  5. Hessonite "Orange brown" - Horn Claims, Dawson area
JADE  Top
  1. several localities
 
PERIDOT  Top
  1. Fort Selkirk area
 
QUARTZ  Top
Quartz Sceptre, Emerald Lake, Yukon
  1. Citrine "yellow", "Smoky", "Colourless" - Sceptre Claims, Emerald Lake
  2. "Colorless" - Venus Mine, Carcross
  3. "Smoky" - Rapid Creek area
  4. "Smoky" - Seagull Creek, Swift River
  5. "Colourless, citrine??", Fiddler Claims, Rancheria
  6. "Smoky", Wolf River area
RHODONITE  Top
  1. Salmon Range, Johnson's Crossing
 
TOPAZ  Top
Topaz, Wolf Lake, Yukon
  1. "Blue, tan, colourless" - Seagull Creek, Swift River
    (also known as the "Wolf Lake occurrence")
  2. "Colourless, tan" - Wolf River area
  3. "Colourless" - Dawson area
ZIRCON  Top
  1. "Colourless, tan" - Dawson area

Links to Websites Dealing With Yukon Gemstones

Yukon Emeralds
Yukon Emerald exploration, and
Yukon Emerald exploration history


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Specializing in Canadian Gemstones

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