Top 3 Precious Gem Stone Mines in the United States

1.) Crater of Diamonds State Park, Murfreesboro, Arkansas

If you want to begin your career of mining for diamonds, and if you are looking for one of the greatest places to do so, Murfreesboro is the place to be. The Crater of Diamonds State Park, is 120 miles from Little Rock, Arizona, is the only mine in existence where you are able to seek out diamonds and keep actually keep whatever you happen to find. Lodge out at the campsite of the park and take in the wildlife and beautiful natural scenery along with a bunch of shiny stones. You’ll witness diamonds all around you, even chilling out in the dirt floors, yet you can also rent out equipment at the park for more intense digging projects. Once you possess a pan full of sparkling stones, take them over to the office so an experienced appraiser can check your collection to see how much your stones are actually worth. As of now, people who visit the park have discovered well beyond 30,000 diamonds, one of which was a 16-carat stone back in 1975, so your chances of finding an expensive stone are pretty good. As for other diamond types, many of the stones are tiny and included, however many fine gems have been discovered here.

2.) Emerald Hollow Mine

This treasure holding spot is located in Hiddenite, North Carolina. Buried within the foothills of the Brushy Mountains in western North Carolina, Emerald Hollow Mine happens to be the one emerald mine in the United States that’s actually open to everyone of all ages. It is also the one place in the entire country where North Carolina Hiddenite, which was a rare gemstone that was first spotted by geologist William Earl Hidden in 1879, can be found. This particular stone is reputed for its high chromium amount. This gives it a lime-green color, and is responsible for forming the hydrothermal veins on rocks. Visitors to the mine are given a shovel, a pickaxe and a bucket and are able to look for emeralds, hiddenite, quartz and 60 other miscellaneous gems and minerals at its seven-acre dig site. Along with all of that, there is also a full-service lapidary on site that can change rough stones into shining keepsakes.

3.) Gem Mountain

Gem Mountain is literally in the middle of nowhere, however, it is totally worth all the frustration that  it takes in order to get there. The people who work there dig up all the dirt for you in advance, screen out the big rocks, and distribute every tool and every piece of equipment you’ll require to dish through the soil for raw sapphires. The employees even help you decide which stones are going to need heat treating, which is used to better the color and clarity of the stone, and faceting. Gravel is priced by the bucket, and all prices vary. Get ready to get drenched and filthy.

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