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                                                              NORTH AMERICA's  LARGEST EMERALDS CAME FROM NORTH CAROLINA!
 Carats Emerald
         1,869      NAEM Emerald 2003 NAEM Mine, 19.5 cm, Houston Museum Natural Science, Houston, TX ( valued over 3.5 MUSD)

                                         NOTE THIS ABOVE EMERALD WAS UNEARTHED IN SEVERAL PIECES  AND GLUED TOGETHER
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        1,686      LKA Emerald 1984 NAEM Mine, 3.8 x 11.4 cm, ( valued 1992 at 5,227,530 MUSD ) **

              ** NOTE THIS ABOVE EMERALD IS THE LARGEST INTACT EMERALD FOUND IN NORTH AMERICA UNEARTHED IN ONE PIECE **
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         1,493      Reitzler/Williams/Hartwell Twin 1971 Adams Mine, 2.7 x 10.5 cm, Smithsonian Institute, Washington, DC
         

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        1,438      Finger Emerald (Stephenson Emerald) 1969 NAEM Mine, 5.4 x 7.3 cm, ( valued 1992 at 4,457,800  MUSD) **

                **NOTE  THIS ABOVE EMERALD WAS UNEARTHED INTACT **
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1,438 CARAT WEIGHT

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When the “LKA Emerald” was unearthed in 1984 in the Hiddenite area of North Carolina, it was considered the largest intact emerald found in North America. At 1,686.3 carats, it currently ranks as the 2nd largest. The name “LKA” comes from the company that owned the mine at the time. The “Stephenson Emerald,” found in the same region in 1969, weighs 1,438 cts. It, too, was considered the largest North American emerald until the discovery of the LKA emerald. This stone was named after John A. D. Stephenson, a 19th century researcher of Hiddenite area gems. Both of these gems were displayed in the American Museum of Natural History in the 1990s, Please visit our website in the future for updates and where these rare Emeralds may soon be seen in a Museum


1888 Photo Hiddenite Area Mining

Early Emerald Mining

Near Hiddenite, Alexander County, North Carolina


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                                                                                Emerald History the Hiddenite area of North Carolina 
The Rarest Gems are reported to be Emeralds and  more than forty times as rare as diamonds and with few exeptions are mined with the same archaic methods used for hundreds of years. The Carolina emerald weighing thirteen point four carats was valued at more than two hundred thousand dollars and was not discoverd in Columbia or Brazil as one might expect but an emerald deposit in North Carolina. In addition to the Carolina emerald, this deposit is the source of many impressive finds including the marie emerald and the june culp zeitener emerald each valued at over one hundred thousand dollars. Experts, after examming these emeralds, agree they rival the finest stones from Columbia including the very rare large  Stephenson and the LKA  emeralds also found in North Carolina. For centuries Colombia has been one of the most prolific producers of emeralds in the world. Very few locations from any geographic area produce emeralds in the same quality, quantity and visual appeal as this lush, tropical, South American country. This isolated and exotic mining area, an extension of the Andes in central Colombia is rich in both history and international intrigue. For example, the original deposits of El Chivor date back to the early 1500's and were reportedly mined by the Chibcha Indians of the high Colombian plateau. This was a part of the world where highly developed native indian tribes collided with the invading Spanish Conquistadors. The ensuing battles for local treasure ravaged both the conscience and cultures of Europe and South America. The Spanish invasion of this territory introduced the outside world to a fantastic treasure trove of high quality emeralds and gold to adorn the monarchs and potentates of Europe and the world. In addition to Colombia, there are several other historically and commercially important sites around the world that produce emeralds. Most importantly, these locations include Russia, Africa, Brazil, and Afghanistan. However, within the spectrum of emerald producing areas, one of the rare deposits in the world is tucked away in the isolated mountains of western North Carolina. This area has enjoyed a rich history of producing some of the most significant emeralds in North America. Although this location has not been a prolific producer it has in fact produced some exceptionally large crystals of historical significance. Part of the special appeal of important gems and minerals is frequently the provenance size and quality associated with the material and In this case the special history of this location and uniqueness of these crystals is in part intimately entwined with a dynamic period of American natural history.  According to historical records and reports and the Hiddenite area of North Carolina began producing material in the decomposed rock from the surrounding farms in 1875.  The primary investigator and naturalist was John Adlai D. Stephenson who was credited with the discovery and subsequently implemented a systematic plan of accumulating these green bolts from local residents in the Hiddenite area. Similarly the mineralogist William Earl Hidden on assignment to locate platinum deposits on behalf of Thomas Edison's light bulb development project, connected with Stephenson in 1879.  In 1880, Hidden continued his interest in the emeralds and related minerals of this area by forming the Emerald and Hiddenite Mining Company. An emerald specimen reportedly weighing 1,270 carats and dating from this time period became part of the collection of the American Museum of Natural History in New York City and a  second crystal weighing 1,276 carats resides in the collection of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D,C, .  The  Ownership by these pre-eminent institutions underscores the importance of emeralds from this location and In this case the emerald crystals described in reports  share an equally important place in the mineralogical history of North Carolina emeralds and American gemstones.  According to historical records the 1,686 carat elongated crystal represents the second largest emerald crystal discovered in North America and this excellent crystal specimen reportedly discovered in 1984 has been designated the  L  K  A  Emerald after the mining company that operated the property until 1985. The second crystal weighing 1,438 carats designated the Finger Emerald  was discovered in 1969 by Michael "Butch" Finger and for some time was the largest known North American emerald crystal. It currently ranks fourth in the listing of record holders from this region. The  L  K  A  Mining Company later renamed this crystal "The Stephenson", after the original researcher credited with the discovery of the location. Although the 1,438 carat crystal exhibits a certain amount of repair in the lower section of the crystal, this minimal modification has a limited impact on the importance of this specimen to American history. In fact, these kinds of mineral reconstructions are commonplace in many museums in order to preserve the entire specimen in its original form. Although quantity and production of emeralds has never been a hallmark of the Hiddenite area, its importance to American mineralogical history is vital and unchallenged. These two crystals the LKA and Stephenson Emeralds represent a rare and unusual glimpse into Americana are a valuable addition to any collection of important American minerals

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                                                                                      LINKS:
 1-Friends of Mineralogy FM

http://www.friendsofmineralogy.org/index.html
2-Mindat
http://www.mindat.org/
3-Mineralogical Society of America
http://www.minsocam.org/
4-List of U.S. state minerals, rocks, stones and gemstones
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_U.S._state_minerals,_rocks,_stones_and_gemstones
5-Mineralogy Database
http://www.webmineral.com/
6-Mineralogical Association of Canada
Association minéralogique du Canada    
http://www.mineralogicalassociation.ca/index.php?p=1
7-Barite Specimen Localities
http://www.baritespecimenlocalities.org/
8-American Federation of
Mineralogical Societies
http://www.amfed.org/
9-Mineralogical Record
 http://www.minrec.org
10-Mineral Monographs
 http://www.lithographie.org/
11-Mineral News
 http://www.mineralnews.com/
12-National Research Council Canada
 http://www.nrc.ca
13-The Mineralogical Society, sponsor of Mineralogical Magazine
 http://www.minersoc.org
14-European Journal of Mineralogy
 http://www.schweizerbart.de/j/ejm/index.htm
15-Pegmatite Interest Group (PIG), hosted by the MSA 
 http://www.minsocam.org/msa/special/Pig
16-Robert B. Ferguson Museum, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada http://www.umanitoba.ca/geoscience/MuseumWeb/MuseumWeb/index.html
17-Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals in Oregon
https://ricenorthwestmuseum.org/
18-Tellus: Northwest Georgia Science Museum,  Minearal Gallery
 http://www.tellusmuseum.org/
19-Barite Specimen Localities
 http://www.baritespecimenlocalities.org/
20- North carolina musium of natural sciences

http://naturalsciences.org/
21-New york musium of natural sciences
http://www.nysm.nysed.gov/
22--The Society of Mineral Museum Professionals
http://www.smmp.net/organization.htm
23-Minerant Global Museums-Collecting-Mineral Dealers
http://www.minerant.org/home.html
24-Smithsonian Information
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