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Rockhounding in North Carolina for Fun and (Sometimes) Profit

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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.