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Mike
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My family loves Amethyst, we have several pieces we have gotten from salted buckets in the smoky mtn gem mines. I would love to surprise them with a trip to a mine, i heard there are some in Georgia. Which have the best chances for them to find some. thanks
Bob Harman
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This thread from over 2 years ago had plenty of views, but no replies.

Amethyst, the purple variety of the mineral quartz, is found in many worldwide locations including many locations in both the eastern US and the western mountains of the US. Trouble is, virtually all localities reliably producing collectible examples are known and under claim. These sites, not only are under claim, but they are secure as the finds are occasionally of high quality.    The sites in New England and the Northeast are largely extinct except for a few still actively worked. The Southeast sites in Georgia and South Carolina use heavy equipment and, as I said, are secure from trespassers and naive collectors.
Out West the sites also are largely using heavy equipment and off limits to casual collectors.

Other than a few salted sites (?) and fee for digging sites (?), for casual collectors  finding amethyst is just not really likely.      BOB
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