External Gem & Mineral Links

Browse down this extensive list of gem hunting and rock hounding resources.  Below is an ever evolving list of treasure hunting blogs, forums, and resources to help you with any rockhounding and gem hunting needs.  Please feel free to contact us to request an addition of a resource.


Posted 8/26/15

Precious Metal Recovery - Buyers, refiners, recyclers, assayers, and smelters of gold, silver, platinum, all precious metals and scrap, including industrial platinum, palladium and rhodium. Precious Metal Recovery serve both jewelers and the general public. Be sure to bookmark our site to check the current spot prices on gold, silver, platinum, and palladium.  Precious Metal Recovery is a division of Northern Refineries.

Added June 6, 2014

Outdoor attractions at the Royal Peacock MineROYAL PEACOCK MINE - Nevada

What: Black fire opals
Where: Virgin Valley, Nevada
Web: www.royalpeacock.com

The Virgin Valley in Northern Nevada is a stark corner of the world, but come once and you might find yourself planning a return trip. Digging isn't cheap, though. They charge $180 per person per day to dig in the fire-opal-rich bank area and $75 to dig in the mine dumps and tailings (piles of rock extracted from the mine).



What: Gem quality diamonds
Where: Murfreesboro, Arkansas
Web: www.craterofdiamondsstatepark.com

Bring your own tools or rent them at the only diamond-producing site in the world that is open to the public. Most visitors don't get rich digging in this ancient volcanic ground, but with 40 other rocks and minerals in the area you're sure to find something interesting. Admission is $7 for adults, $4 for children.

Added January 1, 2014

Diamond Hill Mine - If you ever find yourself on the Western edge of South Carolina, stop into the Diamond Hill Mine for some gem hunting fun.  For a nominal fee you can dig all day and keep your finds!  From their website, "Here at the Diamond Hill Mine you will have a rare opportunity to collect your own crystals. We do not "salt" the piles. Its "unsalted", meaning everything you will find came from this actual mine. Due to the large equipment used while digging veins, many pieces are lost or missed. You will have many dump/spoil piles to search through, about 5-6 acres, or you may search for a veins but this method is much harder style and can or cannot pay off. We have 6+ acres of dirt that is loaded with quartz crystals to surface collect or to dig through.

You will not find much amethyst or sometimes none at all, as it is more rare, but many great amethyst finds happen all the time. Visit our picture page on facebook to see some of the most recent finds by visitors."

Emerald Village Gem Mine - I love this mine!  This is the place my wife became addicted to gem hunting.  From their website: "Emerald Village is a group of gem, mining, and historical attractions nestled deep in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina, just off the Blue Ridge Parkway and within an hour's drive of Asheville, Boone, and Blowing Rock. Located in a spectacular mountain setting, Emerald Village is home to 7 real mines and has been featured on The Travel Channel. Come see why we say "Real Mines - Real Fun!" There's a lot to see and do! Be sure to bring your camera and take pictures to share back home. People come from all over the world to visit Emerald Village!"   Click Here to See Our Visit on Video of this mine!

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