Gemstone Hunting and I’m ready to go!
I admit that I love to go gemstone hunting. I don’t go digging in the mountains (although if I had some land and a Bobcat…), and I don’t like to go to the places that only offer buckets. As many of you know, I prefer to go to Gold ‘n Gems Grubbin’ in Cleveland, GA. I can go plant my chair in the water, put my feet in the creek, and look for gems using dirt dug from the operating gold mine there.
Unfortunately, it has been a cold winter here in Georgia. Usually, I can get a few trips sandwiched in between cold snaps, but not this year! I am really getting antsy to get back at it!!
Since I can’t go gemstone hunting, I thought I would post some pictures of some of my favorite stones that I have found on other trips.
The picture above is a peridot ring. My brother John found the peridot during one of our gem hunting trips and he gave it to me. I had it cut and mounted and gave it to my lovely wife for her birthday!
On our very first gem hunting trip, I found the emerald rough that was used to fashion the emerald show in the photo. It came in at about 2.5 carats. A beautiful stone!
Readers of The Gemstone Chronicles know that the four gemstones stolen from the Elven Bow were the Carnelian, the Amethyst, the Emerald, and The Ruby. You have already seen an emerald and an amethyst. The photo above shows rough rubies and sapphires, along with hematite. In The Gemstone Chronicles Book Three: The Emerald, the dwarves are digging under Seamus O’Keefe’s inn looking for hematite to help the Drow become invincible in battle.
I haven’t found a carnelian yet, so I need to keep looking so I can complete my own Elven Bow gemstone collection, and I need to find a fairy cross. I guess a trip to Fannin County, GA will be in the works!
Do you go gemstone hunting or rock hounding? What are your favorite stones? Leave me a comment and let me know!!