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owner of the now defunct Crabtree Emerald Mine, and was on display at the Colburn Museum in Asheville, NC before being withdrawn and traded for debts on labor by the entrepreneur Terry Ledford.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 cherish this gem as the best ever found in North Carolina.

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The Emerald Mine

Our GPS Address is: 2120 McKinney Mine Road, Spruce Pine, NC 28777

PHONES; (828)765-1695 or (828)765-6832


Open 7 Days a Week from Easter to Oct. 31st

Hours Flexible: Call ahead or drop in any afternoon