Lots of people ask me how I got started with gemstones and where did I get the inspiration for The Gemstone Chronicles. Well, it all started a few years ago when my brother John and I were looking for something different to do with his two girls and my grandson. We decided to go a place called Gold ‘n’ Gems Grubbin’ where we could dig for gemstones by the creek. It turned out to be a hobby-inspiring day. We found lots of gemstones (not all of them precious), but John and I are hooked. We try to go about once per month and collect more stones. It was during one of these monthly visits that Aidan (grandson) and I talked about the “mystical” properties of gemstones and The Gemstones Chronicles series was born!
Once we started collecting stones, we started to find ways to enhance them. John found a man who facets stones for a hobby and he has done some amazing stones for John. I joined a local mineral society and have learned the rudiments of making cabochons (look for a post on that soon).
John and I will be heading to NC in late September or early October to do some hard core digging at Gem Mountain. We will be looking for emeralds and other gemstones, so stay tuned for those pictures!
There are many places around the country to find gems. One place I want to go is Diamond Crater State Park in Arkansas where you can actually hunt for diamonds. That is a trip for the summer, but it is on my bucket list!
What are your favorite gem hunting places? I’m always open to new places to explore! What inspiration do you have for your hobbies? If there is somewhere near where you live, have you visited it and what did you find? Leave me a comment and let me know!!