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Emarald dig at the Hiddenite NC mine

Posted by Mike Dennis  
Mike Dennis March 22, 2012 10:10PM
Don't think i will get much sleep tonight.The MAGMA club was invited to dig at the famous mine Jamie Hill owns.I'm so very excited at this opportunity.Will take some picks and post them when I get back,that is if I don't find one of those priceless gems that Jamie has been producing from this site.yippee !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
David Bernstein March 22, 2012 10:58PM
Enjoy, Mike. Sounds like great fun.
Bryan VonCannon March 23, 2012 01:41AM
Let us all know how things go. My parents use to take me there camping back in the early 70's. I remember going into the shop there and looking at this huge emerald they had in a glass case in the center of the shop. I don't know if they ever cut it or just kept it as a specimen? I went by there a couple years ago when I was over that way at work and they had the area where we use to camp closed along with the area that was mined for emeralds. The guy in the shop said that people could dig and pan in the creek or buy salted gem buckets. I didn't think the mine was open at all. Not many people get to go there now days.

Good luck

Bryan VonCannon March 23, 2012 02:05AM
The mine we use to go to was the NAEM mine and the I believe the emerald I saw in the shop is the Finger emerald aka Stephenson emerald. Is this the mine you are going to? After looking around it may have been the Adams mine we visited and the 1270ct emerald found by W.E. Hidden? Which mine are you going to?


Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 03/23/2012 02:23AM by Bryan VonCannon.
Mike Dennis March 23, 2012 02:21AM
Going to the old Rist mine now called the North American Emerald Mine.We are going to be one of the first groups that he has allowed to come in,I hope everything goes smoothly.
Bryan VonCannon March 23, 2012 02:26AM
Wow that sounds like fun. I edited my post because it may have been the Adams mine we visited and the 1270ct emerald found by W.E. Hidden that's now in the Smithsonian that they had on display in the shop. Both emeralds look similar and it was a long time ago.

Good luck again.

Bryan VonCannon March 28, 2012 03:25AM
I've heard many people say Hiddenite was played out.

Can you say WRONG!

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