Semi-precious stones and crystals are mined from various mines throughout the world. Some mines that you can visit to see if you can find your own semi-precious stone or crystal are:
Herkimer Diamonds in New York
Variety in the Carolinas
Search for more than 60 varieties of gemstones at the Emerald Hollow Mine in Hiddenite, North Carolina. The mine has emeralds, sapphires, aquamarine and garnets.
Nevada’s Virgin Valley is home to opal mines, several of which are open to the public. The closest town to these mines is Denio, Nevada, in the northwest corner of the state.
At Gold n Gem Grubbin’ in Cleveland, Georgia, you can pan for gold, gemstones and historical artifacts in the creek or sit on the sluice line and sift through ore.
Many stones can be collected in Colorado, and it’s a popular hobby for a lot of people in that state. There are certain mines known to produce colorful crystals, and some people get quite a collection going, which they carry around and sell themselves, if not to stores. Another popular location is Arkansas, in Ozark caves, which are numerous.
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