North Carolina Quartz has its place.Â Although we specialize in Madagascan stones, North Carolina itself has amazing minerals.Â Here are two natural smoky quartz points with an iridescent yellow sheen, caused by iron oxide inclusions just beneath the surface.
All of the examples above areÂ from the North American Emerald Mine (NAEM), formerly known as the Rist Mine, in Hiddenite, North Carolina.
Enter the Earth in downtown Asheville, NC has a local mineral section showcasing quartz from this unusual locality. Â More is also available at our sister site: www.entertheearth.net/north-carolina-quartz/.
Â© 2014, Images and Text, Christopher Lee Matthews