The gold rush wasn't limited to the West.
Suzanne Rowan Kelleher, a family travel expert at MiniTime. The second involves actual digging, about six inches to a foot down into the soil, and sifting.
In August, an Austrian tourist found a rare star-shaped piece of benitoite at this Central Valley mine, which specializes in the blue silicate mineral. Visitors also have found mound topaz, garnets and amethysts, Kelleher says.
As we pulled into the parking lot we were a little apprehensive but later would be pleasantly surprised. In North Carolina, for example, 50,000 treasure hunters try their luck at Emerald Hollow Mine each year.
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Spectrum Sunstone Mine Plush, Ore. Jeffrey Post, who curates the Smithsonian Institution's National Gem and Mineral Collection , was at the Tucson show last February, where he rubbed shoulders with amateur and pro rockhounds and scored some rare gems. Just 45 minutes from Richmond, this mine has more amazonite than anywhere else in the country.
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Give a Gift. She specializes in finding Oregon Sunstone , the state gem from the mineral labradorite characterized by its glittery, orange-red hue and formed as the result of lava flow from volcanic eruptions that occurred millions of years ago.
He brought along a group of donors and friends, all of whom soon became enamored by the simple task of sifting through a pile of rocks for hidden treasure.
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