Tag Archives: North Carolina

Land of the Sky: North Carolina Quartz

North Carolina Quartz
North Carolina Quartz has its place.  Although we specialize in Madagascan stones, North Carolina itself has amazing minerals.  Here are two natural smoky quartz points with an iridescent yellow sheen, caused by iron oxide inclusions just beneath the surface.

North Carolina Quartz Rist Mine
A tiny North Carolina quartz cluster with mica, colored golden yellow by iron oxide inclusions.

North Carolina Quartz Reverse Scepter
A smoky quartz point with layered secondary growth, often called “record keepers” in the metaphysical community, especially when they form as triangles, with a reverse scepter near the tip.

All of the examples above are  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.   More is also available at our sister site: www.entertheearth.net/north-carolina-quartz/.

© 2014, Images and Text, Christopher Lee Matthews

Be sure to visit our TWO online stores: The Metaphysical Department of Enter the Earth and Enter the Earth.

Rock Life: The Grove Arcade

Grove Arcade
The Grove Arcade was constructed from 1926-1929.   Dr. E. W. Grove intended the building to be an arcade, the ancestor of the shopping mall, with a fifteen story hotel above it.  After his death in 1927 and the stock market crash in 1929, plans for the sky scraper on top were abandoned.

The US government took over the structure during the 1940’s, enclosing it in brick.   The building was restored and reopened to the public in 2002.  Nader Kawar, the owner of Enter the Earth, started our mineral gallery in the renovated Grove Arcade that year.  We were only the third business inside.  We were originally in suite #124, the smaller space just to the left of our present location, and expanded to suite #125 in 2006.

Take a virtual tour of Enter the Earth’s retail store inside the Grove Arcade by clicking here.

© 2014, Images and Text, Christopher Lee Matthews