Thursday, March 21, 2013

South American Diamonds discovered by Rob Towner

South American Diamonds discovered by Rob Towner
South American Diamonds discovered by Rob Towner

This was a batch of Diamonds I recovered in South America some years back.

I was using the same system that I use for gold mining now except I was using jigs for the Diamond recovery. If you have your system properly tuned you will catch all of your Diamonds.

The material has to be properly sized to ensure you are going to recover all your Diamonds. We recovered many Diamonds in this fashion and it really worked well in our jungle environment. Most of the material was a heavy Kaolin clay and quartz gravel. I made up a specially designed hopper that worked well for me.

I made it oversized and really used a high pressure washing system that really liquified the clays and made our recoveries much better. We never were ever able to find a missed stone and I was rewashing our tailings on scheduled tailings loss check program I always implement.

As with any recovery system you are always wondering if some is getting away!!! I can tell you first hand... Diamonds will always bring out your mineral recovery insecurities quicker than any other mineral I know!!!