Gemstone Mining in the Appalachians
gemstone mining for miners of all skill levels
There are gemstone mines located in a few areas along the Blue Ridge Parkway. These tourist area gemstone mines can be a day full of fun. Part of the thrill is finding the native gemstones in one of the salted buckets. You will get a quick lesson on how to identify the regional gemstones while still in the rough. The list of gems and stones found include but are not limited to: star ruby, garnet, sapphire, emerald, topaz, aquamarine, amethyst, smoky quartz, moonstone, peridot, citrine and many more. The best part is you get to keep everything you find. You also have the choice to have your special finds made into a piece of beautiful handmade jewelry.