Hunting Gems for Fun and Profit
Gem mining is like playing the lottery. One person may spend hours digging in the dirt and under rocks only to find a few precious gems that aren't worth much. Another person may randomly reach into a pail of dirt and pull out an emerald or sapphire worth thousands of dollars.
Each year, thousands of rockhounds, tourists and educational field trip participants flock to North Carolina to experience the thrill of finding rare gemstones in the rough. Whether a serious or amateur prospector hoping to fulfill dreams of finding hidden treasures, a student experiencing an enriching "hands on" learning experience or a family seeking quality outdoor recreation, a gem mining trip guarantees a fun and exciting adventure for people of all ages! The mining operation is simple. Gem mine operators provide all the equipment. Just clean the ore in a flume with wooden screens to find your precious gems.
Searching for interesting gems and rocks can be a rewarding hobby, even if you don't find a fortune. Many casual gem miners and rockhounds enjoy spending time outdoors, learning about geology and spending a day out with family and friends. Others are more serious; they look for their own birthstones or for precious gems that they can make into jewelry. And then there are the collectors, who want to collect as many different types of gems and rocks as possible to catalog and display.
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