If you’ve been asking yourself, “where can I dig for gems in North Carolina?” look no further than The Emerald Mine of Little Switzerland. Nestled in the hills of North Carolina, this emerald gem mine is located in the emerald mining district, which means it has a wide variety of stunning gems including not only emerald, but also garnet, ruby, sapphire, iolite, topaz, amazonite, and amethyst.
We are the retail outlet for The World of Gems Inc., an American owned family wholesale business, begun in 1966, which deals only with gems mined naturally and ethically from the earth.
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The original "Carolina Queen":
At 277.7 carats this exquisite gem has been independently estimated by 3 master faceters to cut a 40 to 50 ct. clean emerald.
It was found around 1976 by Bill Collins, then owner of the now defunct Crabtree Emerald Mine, and was on display at the Colburn Museum in Asheville, NC before being withdrawn and traded for debts on labor by the entrepreneur Terry Ledford.
At The Emerald Mine of Little Switzerland we own and cherish this gem as the most magnificent ever found in North Carolina.
Our friendly and knowledgeable staff is always available to answer your questions, offer instructions and help you identify your special finds as you dig for the perfect gem. We have a variety of gem buckets available; offer safe, archeological style digging for emeralds and a tour about the history of mining in this region.
Weather permitting, we are open from April to the end of October, so what are you waiting for? No matter if you are an amateur, student, geologist, professional jeweler or an artist; come visit us and learn something new about nature's amazing gems. Search for several different types of naturally occurring gems, and after gem mining, be sure to browse our unique jewelry store which features items from all over the world. Check out our amazing finds and contact us today by calling 828-765-6832, or better yet, come see us in person! We are looking forward to meeting you and seeing what treasures you dig up at our emerald mine.
We love our customers, so feel free to visit during normal business hours.
Our GPS Address is: 2120 McKinney Mine Road, Spruce Pine, NC 28777
Open Weekends from Easter to Oct. 31st in the afternoon weather permitting.
Hours Flexible: Call ahead for an appointment! (828) 765 6832