Larry's Look | Emerald Hollow Mine

Larry's Look | Emerald Hollow Mine

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by LARRY SPRINKLE / NBC Charlotte

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WCNC.com

Posted on December 2, 2013 at 8:43 AM

HIDDENITE, N.C. -- Just one hour from Charlotte, there’s a real “gem” to visit -- the Emerald Hollow Mine. It’s the only emerald mine in the United States open to the public for prospecting.

It's in the small town of Hiddenite, North Carolina. This area is recognized as one of the most unique and interesting geological locations in North America.

You can find more than sixty-three different types of naturally occurring gems and minerals. Many of these are very rare, including emerald, aquamarine, sapphire, garnet, topaz, amethyst, citrine, rutile, and tourmaline, along with an abundance of world class smoky and clear quartz crystals.

Hiddenite is also famous as the only place on earth where the very rare gemstone "Hiddenite" can be found!

Each year, thousands of rockhounds, tourists and educational field trip participants come to this popular North Carolina attraction to experience the thrill of finding rare gemstones in the rough.

Whether a serious or amateur prospector hoping to fulfill dreams of finding hidden treasures, a student experiencing an enriching "hands on" learning experience or a family seeking quality outdoor recreation, a trip to the Emerald Hollow Mine guarantees a fun and exciting adventure.

This morning on Larry's Look, we got an exclusive tour of the Emerald Hollow Mine.  Larry spoke with geologist Mike Watkins about this amazing spot---just north of Statesville, North Carolina.

For all the details, go to: www.hiddenitegems.com.
 

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