Watch And Learn As A Rock Hound Uncovers Enormous Amethyst Crystals In South Carolina

How familiar are you with the official South Carolina gemstone – the amethyst? The purple-hued quartz crystal is commonly found in a few choice spots in the Palmetto State and regularly draws rock hounds from all over who are in search of this popular variety of quartz crystal. Below, we’ve included a video from professional collectors who make finding the big ones their specialty.

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Care to guess the official gemstone of the Palmetto State? It’s the amethyst! In 1965, at the Ellis-Jones mine near Due West (the mine featured in the above video), a rock hound discovered a 15-pound amethyst. Just four years later, then-Governor McNair made the amethyst crystal the official gemstone of South Carolina.

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