August 1, 2017

     Of the factors we consider when evaluating rough material for cutting, it’s Integrity is often overlooked by new lapidarists. The qualities that are important to a roughs integrity include aspects such as it’s hardness, it’s toughness, and what I will call it’s de...

July 28, 2017

     Emeralds, the bright green variety of the mineral Beryl, are one of the rarest gemstones in the world. In the entire North American continent, North Carolina remains the only location where emeralds naturally occur. Although most emeralds found in Hiddenite are li...

July 27, 2017

     With the end of May coming to a close, June arises as the first month of the summer season. June is quite a unique month for birthstones, considering Alexandrite - the most expensive and rare of gemstones in the world - is on the list. The two zodiac signs for Jun...

July 3, 2017

“Man is the measure of all things”
-Protagoras

“Cabochon Cut; method of cutting

gemstones with a convex, rounded

surface that is polished, but unfaceted.”
-Encyclopedia Brittanica

     The art of cabochon making is one of reading. If I were to ask you to recall a very go...

July 3, 2017

Hello readers,

          People around the world gaze, wonder and in some cases, obsess over how gemstones are cut out of natural stone. Our lapidarists at Emerald Hollow fall into the third category. We each have our own style and a wide range of common and special te...

June 30, 2017

Most of the "weeds" in your yard are edible and more nutritious than most of what you buy at the super market. Dandelion is one of the best plants you can eat. It grows everywhere, is hard to kill, has a lot of medicinal uses and contains more nutrients and vitamins th...

June 23, 2017

Hello again!

     Taj here with a few more bits of knowledge for every one. Again, I want to talk about wild and natural food. It's not something that you grow, yet it's one of the most versatile, delicious and most important foods that everyone should have in stock. H...

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