Unakite, a Unique NC Gem

Unakite is generally a neat gemstone to most people. The first US discovery of Unakite was in the Unakas Mtns of NC. Located along the NC/TN border in Avery and Mitchell counties. Unakite is granite base mixed with pink feldspar, green epidote, & quartz. Good quality Unakite is considered to be a semiprecious stone. Unakite is used for jewelry, beads, and carvings. It has a hardness of 6-7. A few other places it can be found in the US, are around Lake Superior and in the river valleys of Virginia near the Blue Ridge Mtns. However, unakite can be found in other countries around the world, but the mountains of NC can still claim first place discovered in the US. Rough...

New Year

Hello everyone. So we begin a New Year. A lot of people are making resolutions for several different things. One of my resolutions is to find new rock items and maybe go to some new places to look for unusual rocks. A good place to start with is the annual Tucson Gem & Mineral Shows. There are several items there from rocks, minerals, fossils, and several others. It is the largest Gem Show in size and duration in the US. The shows start in late January and go until mid February. If you have never been and you are a true rock enthusiast, or just in the business, it is a real treat. It is something that most people could not even begin to imagine. Hope to see you there. Check out the upcoming shows that we will be doing in 2015. Tangerine Quartz...

November Brazil Trip

On my latest trip to Brazil, I found some new merchandise that I can’t wait to get. Trying to get into more finished material, I purchased several different Pendants along with some other materials. Perhaps the one that I’m most excited about is the Amethyst Crystal Points that are from Bolivia. This is a very rare item. There was not much quantity available for purchase. I’m not sure how plentiful it will be for future purchases. I will have this material along with other new items posted once I receive the new material. www.coweemtnwholesale.com...