Emerald Bonanza Found By Amateur Diggers in North Carolina Mine

Jamie Hill thought he found a new way to make money by opening up his aging emerald mine to amateurs at $25 a head, and watched as a pair of couples quickly came away with tens of thousands of dollars worth of gems. Libby and Kevin Barrieault were the first to strike gold – or emerald – on a group trip to the North American Emerald Mine in Hiddenite, N.C., last Friday. The next day, Terry Lofgren and her fiance John Kehoe found a pocket of emerald crystals. Hill, known in the area as the...Full Story
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