Regional Digs & Shows

Below are some digs or shows that may be of interest



Roanoke Valley Mineral and Gem Society
38th Annual Gem and Mineral Show
Salem Civic Center
1001 Roanoke Blvd.
Salem, Va. 24153
Nov 24th 2pm-7pm
Nov 25th 10am-6pm
Nov 26th Noon-5pm
Three day admission ticket price $5
Children aged 14 and under FREE
FOOD DRIVE to benefit the Salem/Roanoke County Food Pantry
Panning Sluice, Fluorescent Mineral Display, Kindness Rocks Project, Geode Sales, DOOR PRIZES, Videos and more!
Contact Carol Messimer,


An Official Field Trip of the Emerald City Rock and Gem Club
(Greenwood, SC) (HOST)
An Official Field Trip of the (enter your associated club’s name here!)

Saturday, December 9, 2017
9:00 am to 2:00 pm EST
Diamond Hill Mine
Antreville, Abbeville County, SC

Fee (See Below)
TRIP: This is a very popular site that has had the spoil heaps turned over regularly this fall. In our travels around the country we’ve run into people from all over who love coming here. Recently people have been finding aquamarine in smoky quartz matrix. We often don’t know what we’ve found until we get it home and clean it up!

COLLECTING: Quartz crystals (milky, skeletal, smoky, and some amethyst – rare), Beryl/Aquamarine – rare. Garnet and epidote finds have also been reported.

BRING: Digging tools, buckets, work gloves, and don’t forget weather protection gear, water and snacks. It can be muddy, depending on the weather.
REQUIREMENTS: Participants can take away as much as can fit in their car. Recently, there have been some problems with people digging outside the confines of the mine area, specifically into the county road easement. Participants are asked to stay on the mine side of the log. The mounds of dirt are fairly tall, so stout shoes are recommended. A wide path to the back area of the mine has been created making that an easier walk. Hand tools only.
FEE: $20 per adult 18 and up, cash only (Checks are accepted only from a club account). Teens and Seniors $10.  Children 12 and under $5.
CHILDREN: Yes. This is a great place for children.
PETS: Yes. Diamond Hill Mine is pet friendly.
FACILITIES: There are picnic tables and a porta potty, but no running water. If you want to clean your finds before taking them home, bring some water and a scrub brush.

Meet at: 50-99 Diamond Mine Rd.From I-85 – Take exit 19A for US-76 E/Carolina 28 E toward Anderson. Turn right onto Hwy 28 S E. Turn right on SC-284 S. Turn right on Suber and a right on Diamond Mine Road. About 40 minutes from I-85.

CONTACT: Marf Shopmyer at (864) 910-5369
Aquamarine in smoky quartz matrix, found July 2017.
Quartz cluster with iron stain.
Quartz cluster, approx. 8” across, found Sept. 2017
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