Dig your own in North Carolina.
When you think of mining for the precious gemstones — diamond, ruby, sapphire and emerald — India, South Africa, and Colombia easily come to mind. However you can find these gems in the United States.
The Emerald Hollow Mine is in the picturesque Appalachian foothills of North Carolina near the town Hiddenite.
Whether you are a prospector hoping to fulfill dreams of finding hidden treasures, a student experiencing a "hands on" learning experience or a family seeking quality outdoor recreation, a trip to Emerald Hollow Mine is a true adventure.
I checked on May 2 and they are open for business.