More Geologic Goodies on South Carolina


Mineral Resources of South Carolina

South Carolina's mineral resources are mainly crushed stone, sand & gravel, various clays and some industrial metals.

Where to Find Gems in South Carolina

Abbeville County: Zircon, garnet and corundum are available at "pay to dig" sites. At "pay to dig'' sites permission ·is needed.

Anderson County: Beryl, zircon and amethyst can be had at "pay to dig" sites.

Cherokee County: Near the town of Cowpens and the town of Gaffney off of US 85 the gem hunter can find garnet, tourmaline and quartz.

Greenville County: The gem kyanite along with smoky and clear quartz, sillimanite, garnet and tourmaline can all be found at "pay to dig" sites .

McCormick County: Near the town of Iva the gem hunter may find beryl, and golden beryl at "pay to dig" areas.

Oconee County: Gems to be found are cats eye, sillimanite, quartz and garnet.

Spartanburg County: Garnet, tourmaline, and quartz.

York County: Zircon, corundum, garnet, tourmaline, and quartz.

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Geological Societies in South Carolina


S.C.'s Geologic History

Resources for this website included pamphlets from the various places we visited and the book Carolina Rocks! by Carolyn Hanna Murphy

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