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 3, 2017

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          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...

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....

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