Five Of The Best Places To Go Gem Hunting In The US
Emerald Hollow Mine (Hiddenite, North Carolina)
Located on the foothills of the Brushy Mountains at western North Carolina, Emerald Hollow Mine is the only emerald mine in the United States that’s open to public. It’s the only spot in the country where North Carolina Hiddenite, a rare gemstone discovered by geologist William Earl Hidden in 1879 can be found.
Crater of Diamonds State Park (Murfreesboro, Arkansas)
Located around 115 miles southwest of Little Rock on the site of a volcanic crater, the park is a place of buried diamonds crystallized from carbon, which formed in the earth’s mantle billions of years ago and were push to the surface by the crater’s explosion.
Jade Cove Trail (Big Sur, California)
Jade Cove Trail is a popular between jade hunters who search for the greenish-colored gemstone, which forms due to subduction or when oceanic and continental plates collide. since the trail is part of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has released strict guidelines for jade hunting, but as long as specimens are in plain sight, jade hunters are welcome to hunt the jade.
Morefield Mine (Amelia County, Virginia)
During World War II, Morefield Mine was used by military suppliers in search of strategic minerals like mica, beryl and tantalum for use in tanks and artillery. Today, this mine which , located just outside of Richmond, Virginia ,which owned privately and is a popular site to hunt for amazonite, a greenish gem named after the Amazon River, and 80 other gems and minerals.
Graves Mountain (Lincolnton, Georgia)
Several times in once a year, the caretakers of Graves Mountain, located about 130 miles east of Atlanta, invite visitors to dig for buried treasure at this site, which formed millions of years ago when sedimentary rocks metamorphosed. One time, Tiffany & Co. mined the site for rutile, a crystal-like mineral which used to polish its diamonds collection.
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