May 1, 2017

     When our dear friend and coworker Willis was at the tender age of six, he took up paleontology as his first geologic interest. Another six years later, he went on a rockhounding road trip with his family to the Blue Ridge Mountains.  As he approached his mid-teens...

May 1, 2017

     Mike found his first arrowhead at the age of five and began collecting them. This sparked his interest in artifacts, Native American culture, and the thrill of finding things. When he was seven years old he found his first quartz crystal and it changed his life. I...

May 1, 2017

     Drew is the Lapidary Manager here at Emerald Hollow Mine. He was trained in the gemstone faceting techniques of none other than Mike Watkins himself.

     As a child, he often went on summer trips to see geysers and rock formations at U.S National Parks....