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Hi Porter,

Thanks for visiting NCpedia and sharing your question.

North Carolina has a long history emerald mining beginning at least in the 1870s.  In 1969, the largest specimen discovered in North America was found in North Carolina.  You might be interested in this entry on precious gems in the state: http://www.ncpedia.org/mining-part-2-important-minerals

I hope this helps with your question.

Best wishes,

Kelly Agan, Government & Heritage Library