When searching for meteorites or gold and gemstones, you need to have the right metal detector as it will make it easier to find them.
Locating meteorites with a metal detector is both exciting and possible. With all of the attention in the recent media about today’s Meteorite explosion over the Ural Mountains in Russia, it causes one to ponder. The shear magnitude of a meteorite impact is an awe inspiring event. In a Reuters news story entitled “Meteorite explodes over Russia, more than 1000 injured”, the details and extent of the impact can truly be felt. Our thoughts & prayers are with anyone in the affected area.
Meteorites can be broken down in to three main categories:
1. Stony Meteorites
2. Iron and Nickel Meteorites
3. Stony-Iron Meteorites.
While the category of stony meteorites can not be detected with a metal detector, the last two categories of meteorites can easily be located with the correct metal detector that is sensitive enough to do the job. Be sure to read our article on meteorite hunting with a metal detector entitled “What are the Best Metal Detectors for Finding Meteorites?”
Others ask an obvious question, is it possible to locate Gemstones with a metal detector. This is a really good question—with an interesting answer. Michael Bernzweig of MetalDetector.com says, “A metal detector can’t specifically target gemstones because they are not composed of metal. However natural gold, such as gold nuggets, is often found with precious minerals. So, in your quest for gold, you may come across gemstones such as diamonds, rubies, sapphires and emeralds.” In gold prospecting, these are called indicator minerals. Along with iron and Quartz, certain minerals indicate that gold is nearby. Many treasure hunters search for gold in the hopes of also finding gold and gemstones.
Using a metal detector that is designed to locate gold is an innovative way to acquire precious gemstones. According to hobbyists, there is nothing like the thrill of finding gemstones (and gold)! Many say that one successful outing with a gold detector can pay for the unit. You can find great quality gold detectors in entry-level, mid-level or advanced ranges. There are two articles in our Learning Library that are must-reads for those who want to learn about targeting gold and gemstones: What’s the Best Gold Prospecting Metal Detector? and How to Find Meteorites, Gold & Other Precious Minerals with a Metal Detector.