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Rist Mine (North America Emerald Mine), Hiddenite, Alexander Co., North Carolina, USA
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Emerald
Rist Mine, Hiddenite, Alexander Co., North Carolina, USA

Photo: Keith Williamson
 
 
An Alpine-cleft emerald mine.
Originally known as the Rist Mine, but also known as American Gems Mine, LKA International Emerald Mine, and recently (since 1995), the North American Emerald Mine. (Labels may be abbreviated NAEM = North American Emerald Mine.)

This locality is the type location for the chromian spodumene called hiddenite named for William E. Hidden and the town is named for the variety.

This location is the most important Noth American emerald locality.

Rocks & Minerals: 60: 65.
Wise, M, 2009, Chabazite in Spodumene-bearing Alpine-type Fissure Veins from Hiddenite, North Carolina, USA, Mineralogy and Petrology, v. 96, 213-220.

Mineral List

Albite
var: Oligoclase
Almandine
Ankerite
'Apatite'
Arsenopyrite
Beryl
var: Aquamarine
var: Emerald
var: Goshenite
'Biotite'
Calcite
'Chabazite'
Chabazite-Ca
Chalcopyrite
Clinochlore
Diopside
Dolomite
Ferrosilite
Fluorapatite
Galena
Gersdorffite
Goethite
Graphite
Grossular
Kaolinite
Molybdenite
Monazite-(Ce)
Muscovite
Pyrite
Pyrrhotite
Quartz
var: Amethyst
var: Bull Quartz
var: Citrine
var: Rock Crystal
Quartz
var: Smoky Quartz

Rutile
Schorl
Siderite
Sphalerite
Spodumene
var: Hiddenite
Titanite
'Tourmaline'
Xenotime-(Y)
Zircon


47 entries listed. 33 valid minerals.

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