Hiddenite, North Carolina:
A New Source for Gem-Quality Emeralds
By Antoinette Matlins, PG
Located in the rolling foothills of the Appalachians, among the oldest and most weathered part of the mountain chain, Hiddenite, NC, has long been associated with a wide range of minerals, including emerald, ruby, sapphire, and the rare, deep green member of the spodumene family known as hiddenite. Yet there has never been anything of particularly fine quality or desirability … until recently.
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