This emerald specimen is from the Crabtree Emerald Mine located in Spruce Pine, Mitchell County, North Carolina. This mine produced emerald specimens beginning in 1895 and remained open until the 1990s. The mine is now permanently closed. The mine shaft extended down for several hundred feet and is currently flooded. This mine is one of the only 2 emerald-producing areas in the United States. The other also being located in North Carolina. Many of the specimens found today are from dumping areas located around the mine. Although the original miners found many nice specimens, they did not find everything this area had to offer.
Emeralds from this location are most commonly set in a matrix of quartz, mica, and black tourmaline. Rarely you may find a specimen also containing garnets, fluorite, or aquamarine.
Size: 1.99 x 1.34 x 0.62 in.
Weight: 1.05 oz
Location: Crabtree Emerald Mine, Spruce Pine, Mitchell County, North Carolina
Emerald is a variety of beryl that possesses a green hue due to the presence of chromium, and occasionally vanadium. Its name comes from the French word "esmeraude", first used in the 14th century. Emeralds have been sought after for over 5000 years. Ancient civilizations in Africa, Asia, and South America all prized their beauty. These are small emerald crystals that have been left in the matrix for size and stability.
Emeralds are a symbol of loyalty and unconditional love. They promote compassion and unity among friends and family.
Chemical Formula: Be₃Al₂SiO₆
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