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Gem Mining

Treasure hunters have been searching for gems for centuries, but true rock hounds know that Western North Carolina is the place to go for geological diversity. These old mountains of ours are home to close to 40 gems and minerals such as sapphires, garnets, rubies and emeralds.

Didn’t pack your flume?

For those of you who don’t want to get your hands so dirty, gem mining locations make it easy to find treasures. Here’s a list of gem mines right here in Transylvania County:

 

Just want to look? Be sure to visit the Mineral and Meteorite Museum at the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute. You won’t believe what else you’ll find there!