January Birthstone Discounts: Garnet Jewelry

Garnet Specials @ HGI

Garnet Specials @ HGI

Hiddenite Gems has sought out and acquired a fine batch of faceted garnets to provide to the public in this month’s birthstone special.  The bright red earrings feature two 8×6 mm emerald-cut Garnets (about 2 ct. each) in a “shepherd’s hook” Sterling Silver dangle setting.  As the stones are a bit more free to move about, they really catch the light and show off that signature hue of red.  The larger garnet pendant on the other-hand bears a 11×9 mm (approx. 5 ct.) is set into a simple Sterling Silver pendant to let the stone do all the “talking.”  This one is much more of a rich red and is sure to help dress up any already beautiful neckline.  So please visit our online store this month to catch the deal on these two; our quantities may not last…


New Gemstone ID pages are live!


Hello again and Happy Holidays!  We wish a very Happy New Year’s to everyone out there.  We are also proud to officially announce that our Gem & Mineral identification pages are up and running finally!  In this new mini-library of gemstones, you will see a picture of virtually every gemstone or mineral you can find in our sluiceway.  There will be a shot of each in the “rough,” polished in the Cabochon finish, and if possible a Faceted version as well.  We hope this helps a bunch and please contact us if you need assistance with any major gemological occurences.


The new site can be found at: http://www.hiddenitegems.com/gem-id.html



The HGI Team

Something Inexpensive For You and Your Family To Do This Summer

Smoky Quartz and Topaz

The picture here is the rough of Topaz and Smoky Quartz with the Top Quality faceted finished product!!!

Let’s face it; our economy has seen better days.  We are all looking for inexpensive ways for our family to vacation this summer.  Hiddenite Gems Inc. can help you and your families accomplish this goal.  For an affordable price you can create incredible memories, possibly walk away with a profit (if you find the “big green”), and learn something about gemology and geology.  Click here for pricing.

We are located in the Brushy Mountains in Hiddenite, N.C.  The Hiddenite area is a gorgeous place to have loads of fun.  There is a new attraction that Alexander county just opened that we are very proud to present to our customers.  A hiking trail about 12 miles from our location called Rocky Face.  Make sure that you go in the morning and avoid the heat of the day!!  A lot of our customers go to the trail in the morning and come to our location to relax at the sluiceway or to cool off in the creek. 

For $10.00 per person your family can have a seat at the sluiceway with a free complimentary bucket full of gems and spend all day in our gorgeous creek searching for the next big emerald or hiddenite.  If you are interested in digging for the native specimens in our area it is an additional $10 per person.  The digging site is an open-pit mine were you may dig anywhere that is not roped off and claimed.  The emeralds and hiddenites that are found here are very rare and if they are facet grade stones they are expensive.  Take a look at the gorgeous Hiddenites on our online store. Who knows, maybe you and your family come here for $20.00 per person and you come home with $2000.00?  Either way, you will walk away with an exciting adventure for an affordable price. 

You can even have one of your stones cut by the lapidary for as little as $28.00 per stone.  For $28.00 you will have a gorgeous gemstone that YOU found that is worth three times as much.  Click here for our lapidary pricing.     

We look forward to seeing you soon and want to give you some quick tips that will make your day fabulous:

  1. Wear old clothes and bring a change of clothing
  2. Pack a cooler with water, lunch and snacks
  3. You may bring your own tools click here to view the requirements
  4. Wear tennis shoes and bring rain boots or water shoes for the creek
  5. Bring bug spray and sunscreen
  6. You may bring a wagon to pull your buckets from the digging area
  7. DO NOT just go out to the digging area and fill a bucket up with random dirt.  You actually must dig until you find a vein and then you should start filling your bucket with crystals and dirt. 

Happy Mining, Safety First!! 


Get Your Dad Something Unique for Father’s Day This Year


Shown above is a picture of my Dad as a child.

Looking for a unique gift that keeps on giving for your Dad this year?  Our gift certificates can be used at any time and can be bought in any amount.  Click here to get your Dad something that will help create the memories of a lifetime.

Here are some of my found memories here at the mine with my father.  My father talks about the day that he held a 1,686 carat, clear and bright green Emerald that he found back in the 1980’s.  He often compares that day to the day that I was born!  When folks ask him, “why haven’t you sold that dang Emerald yet”?  He replies, with a smile that I proudly inherited, “that emerald is a lot like my daughter and is priceless in my eyes”.

My father and stepmother bought the gem mine when I was very young.  Dad was in the aluminum business and made a nice living.  He was making money but realized that money didn’t equal peace of mind.  Dad and Dottie made the decision to move to Hiddenite and live the “holler” life.  The “holler” life was quite comical.  Nights by the campfire with Dad, Dottie, Dr. C. and other hippies telling stories and singing the night away.  Dr. C was an older man that was a walking, talking gem and mineral encyclopedia.  He was one of my Dad’s first employees here at the mine and in my book the wittiest man I have ever met.  One night I decided to take lightning bugs and wear their lights like diamonds on all ten of my fingers.  Dr. C. and my Dad immediately made up a similar song to “Roller Derby Queen” by Jim Croce as I was running around in the moonlight chasing lightning bugs. The song they made up is called “Lightning Bug’s Rear End”

The chorus went like this:

It was night I fell in love with a lightning bug’s rear end

She couldn’t have been more happy when she had them on all ten!

Down in the holler

She go round and round

She go round and round

I lived with my mother and stepfather in the Myers Park area of Charlotte, NC and was able to visit my Dad every other weekend.  Coming to Hiddenite to visit my Dad and Dottie was a different world for me.  I would leave the polo shirts and the paper white dresses behind for the weekend to dig my hands in the dirt and come back home with red mud stained skin.  I would come back literally covered in mud.  My mother would hold me out on the back porch, dispose of my dirty clothes, and carry me into the bathtub when I came back home from visiting my Dad.  I have learned so much from my father.  One lesson learned from my Dad is to not take life so seriously.  As a child my favorite Disney book was “The Jungle Book” and the character Baloo always reminds me of my father.

I think about what would be a great gift for my Dad this father’s day and I always try to get something that involves us doing things together.  Coming to the mine is a great experience for fathers and their children.  If you can’t schedule a trip here before father’s day you can always buy a gift certificate and schedule a trip at a later date.  A $40 gift certificate from our store will allow you and your Dad a full day of mining here at the Emerald mine.    You can use these gift cards at anytime.  The certificate is emailed with a serial number and printable to be place into a father’s day card.  You may also order them over the phone by calling the office at 828-635-7548, we will then have a special card mailed out to you the same day.

Happy Father’s Day to All!!


My Best Friend’s Wedding

I had the honor of seeing my best friend from second grade get married last night under the same arbor that my husband and I married under almost two years ago.  She was so beautiful and Jeff was all smiles.  Amanda and her family are very special to me.  They have a large family that supports one another through thick and thin.  Amanda has found a man that has the same values and I am confident that their marriage with grow and prosper throughout the years. This love reminds me of the love that I have for my husband.   

Trey and I moved to North Carolina for an “opportunity” that didn’t quite turn out the way we thought it would, I was hoping to take an online legal directory company from the ground up with a group of 5 people.  Trey and I had done this at America’s Auction Network (starting with a group of 7 people that now has a total of over 100 employees) why wouldn’t I be able to do it at another company?  I was in a high pressure cold-calling sales job with low pay and little support; driving to and from work with a total of 3 hours commute daily!  My husband and Amanda both were alarmed by my circumstances and did everything in their power to make up for that lack of support.  Amanda was there to help me relieve the stress of this commute and stay with her a couple nights a week.  She had just started dating Jeff at that time and I would insist on going home due to the fact that I didn’t want to impose on their new relationship.  They BOTH insisted that I stay and hang out with them going out on dates and watching movies, just the three of us.  So sweet!!  That is how supportive Amanda has always been to me.  I can remember back in elementary school, I don’t think I was very popular.  I had weird teeth, a perm and I was obsessed with dressing up like Madonna.  Dressing up like Madonna was cool for Halloween but not all the time.  Amanda was such a beautiful, skinny, blonde with amazing teeth that supported me and my unusual ways and stood up for me when others would make fun.   Reminds me of a motherly type of love!

Today is Mother’s Day and the most supportive person that I know is my mother.  You know that saying, “Mother knows best,” well I can honestly say that my mom has always been right.  I love you Mom and I also love you Dottie, “other mother”.  Family is so important and one thing that I have realized is that you must love unconditionally.  My husband’s granny says, “I love you, warts and all.”  Let your mothers know today that you love them!  Speaking of mothers, if you need any last minute Mother’s Day gifts come on over to the shop and we can take care of you with this month’s birthstone special: Sterling Silver Emerald Earrings – $75/pair.  If you can’t make it in today don’t fret for these will be on special for the whole month of May and you may order online!

Hiddenite NC Emerald Added to the HGI Online Store


Here in Hiddenite, NC you can find a slew of gemstones.  The one stone that people desire and love to find here is the Emerald.  The emerald is one precious gemstone (other precious gemstone found here are sapphire and ruby) that is found here in Hiddenite and emeralds can be worth a lot of money.  If you find an emerald that is “specimen worthy” meaning that the stone alone without cutting is worth money then you may just be holding a years’ worth of salary or more in your hand.  If you would like to purchase a native Hiddenite, NC stone at a great price click here.  If you would like a wire wrap made out of sterling silver with your native Hiddenite crystal please contact the lapidary. These specimens are priced to sell and will be a great addition to any gemstone lover’s collection.  Collect a piece of NC history, these won’t be around forever!!!

Custom Jewelry orders

Here at the Emerald Hollow mine there are several ways to find your treasure.  Once you find your treasure, the lapidary shop can turn that treasure into a memento.  The lapidary is a place where gem cutters facet gemstones.  We can take your treasure and turn it into a beautiful piece of jewelry that can become a keepsake of your time spent here with your family and friends.   A lady came in the other day and said that her and her mother were here  to mark off some things on her mother’s bucket list.  She wanted to find something that they could turn into jewelry to pass down from generation to generation in memory of their time together here at the mine.  Working with people and helping them fullfill their “bucket list” is awesome.  

We create memories and beautiful pieces of art here in the lapidary at Hiddenite Gems Inc.  The pendant in this picture here features a round brilliant 3 carat smoky quartz faceted here in the lapidary and an 16x12mm Rutilated Quartz cabochoned here in the lapidary and set into a sterling silver pendant here in the lapidary.  All found in the USA and made in the USA.   This pendant was made for a lady from Largo, FL that was here visiting the mine and found a smoky quartz and rutilated quartz during her hardwork mining here.  She spent approximately $160.00  for a piece of jewelry that would not only be three times as expensive in a jewelry store but would have probably been cut and set in a foreign country.  If you would like to order an American made Hiddenite Gems Smoky Quartz and Rutilated Quartz pendant like this one click here and we will pick the rough from our mine and custom make the pendant right from our shop.