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North Carolina State Precious Stone:

Cut and rough emeralds - click to see all state gems & stones
Photo of cut and rough emerald stones © International Colored
Gemstone Association (ICA): Emerald (used by permission).
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Emerald

North Carolina designated the emerald as the official state precious stone in 1973. A greater variety of minerals have been found in North Carolina than in any other state (more than 300) including some of the most valuable and unique gems in the world.

Round emerald - click to see all gem symbolsRectangular emerald - click to see all state gems & gemstones
Cut and polished emeralds; photo © International Colored
Gemstone Association (ICA): Emerald (used by permission).
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An emerald crystal thought to be the largest ever found in North America (weight 1869 carats) was found in 2003 near Statesville, North Carolina. A 71-carat stone unearthed at the same location (a mine in Hiddenite) yielded two finished stones - the Carolina Prince that sold for $500,000 (7.85 carats), and the Carolina Queen (weight 18.88 carats).

Source:
State Stone - Emerald: NCpedia
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