(Greenville - SC - USA)
Many years ago during one of our trips to Acapulco, my husband purchased for me a ring there. The stone is quite large, (no idea of the weight). A local stone cutter was selling them at his tiny place of work, and another man there was cutting right under my eyes (I was lucky to know one of them well, I speak Spanish).
It is cut in a pear shape; it is clear and more toward the green than the yellow. It is mounted on silver of course from that region. It was not a tourists’ catch, the price was very little like $50.00...many years ago. I was told it was a Hiddenite Gem. I still have no knowledge except the name of the person who discovered these gems in North Carolina, but I was told that they are in Brazil also. Does it have any value? It is not for sale, I just want to know, I would like to give it to my granddaughter.
Thank-you! Respectfully, Colette
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My daughter was digging in Alexander County, NC. She found a couple of rocks that look like Hiddenite or Green Beryl. How do we find someone to tell us what we really have found?
I would highly recommend taking the rocks to a gemologist who is certified by the American Gem Society (AGS). The AGS is a highly respected gemological laboratory and educational institution, and gemologists/jewelers certified by the AGS must pass rigorous training.
If you click on this link: American Gem Society: Find a Jeweler you can find a jeweler in your area. I used the tool to check for AGS certified jewelers in North Carolina and over 40 of them are listed in almost a dozen cities and towns.
Once you have a list of certified jewelers in your area, call them to confirm that they have the tools to assess hiddenite, green beryl and emerald gemstones. Then, schedule an appointment to have the rocks examined.
The process itself of examining rocks to determine if they are hiddenite, green beryl or emerald is pretty simple (for experienced gemologists!). Gemologists use an optical tool called a Chelsea filter to examine the optical wavelengths and fluorescence of the rocks; characteristics which are unique for gemstones. The rocks will also be examined to determine their clarity and crystalline structure.
Hope this information helps, and good luck with your search!
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