Pocket minerals include quartz, muscovite, carbonates, albite, rutile, clay, beryl, sulfides and rare hiddenite and graphite.
Mineralogy of the Gem-Bearing Alpine-Type Quartz Veins from Hiddenite, North Carolina
Emeralds in North Carolina were first discovered from the Hiddenite area as early as 1913, when local farmers began finding crystals in plowed fields.
Nor was that all from North Carolina this year: Terry Ledford of Mountain Gems & Minerals (email@example.com) had still another fresh swarm of gem-quality spodumene variety hiddenite, starring one single crystal of classic form and (in its top half) deepest green color, measuring about 12 cm long.
Such was the quality--and in many instances the sheer fame--of these great old specimens that one had the impulse to fall to one's knees; for here was the great, famous specimen with two crossed emerald crystals from Hiddenite, North Carolina; an unbelievably fine and beautiful Michigan copper/calcite; a complete octahedron of franklinite fully 12 cm on edge, in matrix, from Franklin, New Jersey; a marvelous Bristol, Connecticut chalcocite; and finally the "Roebling" fluorapatite from the Pulsifer quarry, Maine--surely one of the top, say, ten mineral specimens of any kind in the world.
Kunz into North Carolina where he accidentally came across a new gem mineral later named hiddenite
(actually chromium-green spodumene).
Also found in the pegmatite pocket were gemmy kunzite and hiddenite
spodumene, citrine quartz, lepidolite, "amazonite" microcline, and elbaite crystals to a foot long.
Allan's Chilean proustite, Tsumeb dioptase, Tur kish kammererite, Mexican acanthite, Congo cuprite; Ralph's Swiss anatase, Brazilian autunite, North Carolina hiddenite
; both men's Montana veszelyites ...
Box 239, Little Switzerland, NC 28749) still have some gemmy green spodumene variety hiddenite
crystals from that old stash described in my Denver report ...
A remarkable 100 or so old-time, gemmy green "hiddenite
" spodumene crystals from the classic locality on the Warren Farm, Alexander County, North Carolina were on view in the Holiday Inn room of Terry and Jean Ledford of Mountain Gems & Minerals (P.O.