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7304
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North Carolina has a rich history in minerals and gems, with more than three hundred kinds of minerals and gemstones scattered through three geographic regions. It is the only state in the nation in which all four of the major gems--diamonds, emeralds, rubies, and sapphires--have been found. The first gold rush in the country began in Cabarrus County in 1799. The largest emerald ever discovered in North America was found in western North Carolina in 1984, and gold mined from the same region supplied the U.S. Mint in Charlotte from 1837 to 1861.
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Carolina Country (NoCar HD 9688 N8 C38x), Vol. 37 Issue 4, Apr 2005, p14-15, il Periodical Website
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11459
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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.
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The State (NoCar F 251 S77), Vol. 1 Issue 29, Dec 1933, p16, 24
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13735
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Arnold Schiffman is not content to sell gems - he studies them, pursues them around the globe, and tells the world about them.
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The State (NoCar F 251 S77), Vol. 19 Issue 33, Jan 1952, p11, 17, f
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14395
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\"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.
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The State (NoCar F 251 S77), Vol. 16 Issue 50, May 1949, p9, 18
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32612
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North Carolina is well-known and highly regarded as one of the important gem stone producing states. Precious gems, such as diamond, emerald, ruby, and sapphire, have been discovered throughout the state. The largest single emerald crystal ever found in North America came from the Rist Mine at Hiddenite in Alexander County.
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34416
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There has long been a plentiful demand for native Western North Carolina gems and minerals. Alan Schabilion’s family business, Emerald Village in Little Switzerland, is a thriving tribute to the Spruce Pine Mining District, an area that has claimed more than seven-hundred mines that have yielded more than one-hundred different gems, minerals, and rocks. These minerals have been a crucial part of the region’s natural history, culture, and economy.
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