Chances of striking pay dirt on a dig are about as good as winning the lottery. Emerald Hollow Mine is located in Hiddenite, North Carolina, which happens to be where the aforementioned lucky explorer found his carat gem. His discovery was made on private property, but Emerald Hollow Mine offers the public a chance at striking similar luck with not only emeralds but also the hiddenite for which the area is known, as well as amethysts, sapphires, topaz, garnet, and more. Here, you have three options for your search: sluicing, creeking, and digging. Creeking is a slightly more adventurous angle without the guarantee of success—water brings minerals down from the mine and lands them in the shallow creek bed for relatively easy searching. The final option involves a hike to the mine and some real digging. It was here the 8.
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10 great places to hunt for treasure
Crater of Diamonds State Park. Photo by Matt Howry. Licensed under CC By 2. Grab your gear and head to one of these prominent US destinations. You could find gemstones worth thousands of dollars where you never imagined treasure lies. A gem hunting trip is a great way for beginners to learn about gemology, especially kids.
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Do you dream of the good life? For a lucky few, treasure may lie hidden beneath your feet. Across the United States there are dozens of public mining and digging sites packed with everything from diamonds and emeralds to jade and sunstone. The secret is knowing where to sink your shovel. One of the earliest accounts of mining in what is now the United States comes from the Pueblo , a Southwestern tribe that began mining for turquoise some 2, years ago.
A fascinating treasure hunt awaits you in the Centennial State. Rockhounding Colorado takes you to nearly one hundred of the best rockhounding sites in the state. Search for amethyst and quartz at the Crystal Hill Mine.