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Did you know that you can screen for your own gems in North Carolina?
Yes! That's right. Rubies, Sapphires, Topaz, Emeralds, Garnet's,
and most of the Quartz Family can be found. All for just the price
of admission to one of the "screen your own" sites.
That's right! All you have to do is take a little vacation
to Franklin, North Carolina. There are still places that one can go and search out there own gems. Digging in streams can be done with permission from the land owner or gaining access from public access areas.
You can go to a gem mine and screen your own. The price is cheap. Most of the mines only charge around $10.00 for the day, and around $1.00 a bucket upto $300.00 per drum of gem bearing earth and gravel. Some of the places add items to there buckets, and sometimes getting a good stone can be hard work.
UPDATE Several of the Pay per bucket sites have closed down in the past few years so finding a good non pay site may be the thing to do for the experienced gem hunter.
I have been going there for years and have collected several
very nice stones. By the way, you can also find them in most of
the stream beds around that area.
I use to have gem cutters in the area of Franklin cut my stone,
but as time went by I decided that I could do it cheaper myself.
They want someplace about $15.00 to $35.00 per carat. You stop when
you have 100 carat of raw stone, just think what the cost will be to cut. It's not hard to get over 500 carat's worth of gems in a day of
So I took the time to learn how to cut gem's. I bought the equipment
and started cutting. I now have some very nice cut stone. I will cut your stone for a lot less than what they charge and I cut year round, not just during the summer season.
I got so involved that I started my own Jewelry Shop.
I now cut for other people along with my stone. I cut and mount stone and do some custom jewelry work.
I keep a full line of mountings in gold and silver, and I have a full line of gemstones that are for sale. Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald, Topaz, Quartz, Rutilated Quartz, Smoky Quartz, Garnet, Amethyst, Cabochons, Opals, Peridot, Citrine, Lapis Lazuli, Golden beryl, and to many others to list here. I also keep a line of rough gems for re-sale to other cutters or collectors.
To see some I have made go to
My Page 5: My Jewelry Page!
Because I have had so many requests. I have now started listing camping supplies and mining supplies, I also have Watches, Clocks, Knives and lots of other items. See them here in my online store.
Here is my ALL NEW online store.
My Online Superstore
I now have a full line of camping and mining supplies. Along with jewelry and gemstones for the lady or man in your life. You will also find items for the children who make our lives such a joy. Just click on the above link and almost everything a miner needs is there.
If anybody is interested in Rough un-cut and pre-formed stone, I have them for sale. I also sell mountings or can mount your stone in Gold or Silver. Contact me by E-mail for prices.
I also have available upon request. Health & Beauty items, House-wares and kitchen items, Hunting items, Fishing Items, Gift items, Toys, Tools, Knives, Watches & Clocks, Outdoor Apparel, Ladies & Menís Apparel, Childrenís Apparel, Big and Tall Apparel, Etc. Just drop me a note on what your looking for and if I have it available I will inform you via email and tell you when you can see it in my store and what the stock or item number is.
And as always, all items are at discounted prices.