Another Holiday Party is upon us! Come
celebrate with friends and family. We will have Bingo, a Raffle, Member
Sales & Swap, and more!
You must have RSVP'd to Wendy to attend.
Be ready to vote, as our club Elections
will be held today, as well.
Bring your 2013 dues renewal check to
Bob Ehrlich, too.
At the Ed Oliver Golf Course. See you
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
[Wendy Sbriglia and Bill Stephens, Vice-President of Programs]
Last Meeting: Monday, November 11,
2013 at 7:00- 8:30 PM
Program: "Report on Mining at the Diamond
Hill Mine, Antreville, SC, 2013" presented by Bill Stephens, P. G.
Machine assisted group mining
activities during the Spring 2013 season yielded a large quantity of
medium to high quality skeletal quartz, some with very attractive
secondary mineral coatings and overgrowths, and some amethyst of varying
quality. This mine is one of the few places east of the Rockies where
gem and mineral collecting enthusiasts can still collect there own from
an actual mine with some reasonable chance of success. The mine is open
to the public for a fee from April through October and you can dig your
own crystals either from mine spoils which produce handsome specimens of
amethyst on occasion (see photo), or try your hand at digging virgin
ground if you like. The new mine owner generally organizes two or more
special "machine digs" annually, which are generally invitation only,
but on occasion are open to new folks like myself, Tom & Jose.
These digs are facilitated by a large track hoe and specific locations
deemed favorable for in-place quartz veins are targeted for excavation.
This year a "Skeletal Dig" was held before the annual "Amethyst dig" and
that dig was open to a new group for the first time. As a
participant in both group digs, Mr. Stephens was able to document the
character and mineralogy of the vein systems, and develop a working
model of their formation.
The mine is located within in an area of the SC Piedmont known
for amethyst crystals. A famous amethyst collected from the nearby town
of Due West is
on display in the Smithsonian, and was featured in Paul Desautel's book
on the Smithsonian gem and mineral collection. In 2008, this mine
produced some of the most spectacular amethysts ever discovered in the US.
The largest amethyst cluster ever found in SC was found at this mine and
is on display at the South
Our presentation features a discussion of the geology, collecting
methods and photographs of the spring mining activities and the owner's
world class collection from the 2008 pocket and other discoveries.
I had no luck getting in touch with the mine owner for additional info
on the previous finds and specimens of hers I photographed. Maybe
she will get this e-mail and catch up with me before the meeting, but we
have enough for a 1HR talk.
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
[Bill Stephens, Vice-President of Programs]
Next Board Meeting:
Location: Greenbank Mill Contact: Ken Casey Agenda: To be determined.
From I-95 take 141 North to Route 2 West (Kirkwood Hwy.). At third
stop light take a right onto Route 41 North (Newport Gap Pike). At the bottom of the hill,
just past the Wilmington & Western Railroad, take a right onto Greenbank Road. Drive
past Greenbank Mill, the parking lot is on the left, just after you recross the Wilmington &
Western Railroad tracks.