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Minerals and Gems in Spruce Pine

Spruce Pine is not known as “The Mineral City” for nothing!  Gems, minerals, and mining of all kinds are a major part of the town’s economy and culture.  From the annual North Carolina Mineral and Gem Festival to find-them-yourself gem mines, Spruce Pine is a rockhound’s dream. Festival Season Each year Spruce Pine hosts the North Carolina Mineral and Gem Festival during the last week of July into the first week of August.  Gem and mineral vendors from across the country converge on the town and fill the Pinebridge Coliseum with more rocks than you can see in just one ... read the rest of this guide