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True Gems: The Mountains’ Mineral History is a Gift that Keeps on Giving

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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.
WNC Magazine (NoCar F261 .W64), Vol. 12 Issue 4, July/Aug 2018, p48-57, il, por