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North Carolina has a rich history in minerals and gems. The first systematic gem mining began in 1871. Among the areas where gems are found are Macon County (rubies), Mitchell and Alexander Counties (emeralds), and Cleveland and Yancey Counties (beryl). It was at Franklin in Macon County that the famous green sapphire was found. It is considered the finest in the world and is known as the Oriental Emerald.
Jordan describes the native trees of North Carolina. In the number of native trees in the nation, Florida is first with 328; Texas second with 198; and North Carolina third with 166.
With 166 varieties of trees in the state, North Carolina is ranked third in the United States, but if you count vines, shrubs, and other foliage, the number jumps to 450.
\"There's gold in them hills!\" Well, in this case not gold, but precious stones: rubies, emeralds, and diamonds were reportedly discovered in the mountains of western North Carolina. The article outlines specific locations where these valuable gemstones were found and what quantity may have existed.