Ruby Hunting in the Rural Mountains of North Carolina

Ruby Hunting in the Rural Mountains of North Carolina

We went crystal collecting and gem mining in the mountains of North Carolina and managed to find some fantastic rubies and other crystals / minerals. Compared to fossil hunting or artifact collecting, crystal hunting and gem mining is a completely different beast. But, it still affords us the opportunity to go out and explore nature for awesome pieces of Natural History.

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We plan on hunting for a diversity of fossils all throughout the US this year with other fossil hunters such as Paleocris, Wildkyle, Everdayimshoveling, Ancient Artworks, Shark Teeth and Fossils and Bone Valley Collections. We hope to find beautiful Megalodon teeth, gems and minerals, great white shark teeth, artifacts, arrowheads, and megafauna creatures like mammoths and mastodons. We will also include videos on how to fossil hunt in Florida and explore discussions on some of our favorite topics in paleontology, archaeology, and geology!

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  1. 357 Robbie on November 19, 2022 at 10:07 am

    Did you not learn ANYTHING from watching the movie of Frank Herberts Dune Ahhh 1984 or 85 one or the other ANYWAY the point is Screaming break accomplishes nothing without the Weirding Module LOL

  2. Maestre on November 19, 2022 at 10:11 am

    Cool video bro….very educational.

  3. ‏ ‏אהבה on November 19, 2022 at 10:12 am

    What county were you in Im in Rutherford co … and my house is a hill away from the location where a Ruby mine was many many years ago , I always hope to find one when I’m in my forest but I think they mined out every crumb

  4. TheBoringDane on November 19, 2022 at 10:13 am

    Imma guy Who wants to learn about how and where to look for Gemstones. This comes with knowledge of minerals and how arras formed. I know nothing but what i’ve read around the internet (like a true chad) stumbled upon this Chanel. Guess what? You got a New subscriber, 😎

    Collected through auktions for about 5 years, and now im ready to find My own! Or atleast ready to take the route neccesary to do so

  5. Craig on November 19, 2022 at 10:14 am

    Can you find anything in Northern Illinois? Creeks lakeshore, etc…

  6. Frederick Stevenson on November 19, 2022 at 10:15 am

    No lie bro great video but you talk to much. Wanted to see digging

  7. 0donny on November 19, 2022 at 10:16 am

    If you were French that snail wouldn’t have made you happy, it would have made you hungry!

  8. Brian Segers on November 19, 2022 at 10:17 am

    7:26 mountain laurel. So beautiful!

  9. arctictimberwolf on November 19, 2022 at 10:17 am

    You are gonna wish you had Safety Glasses on when a chunk of Rock flies up and strikes you in the Eye.

  10. wpeale71341 on November 19, 2022 at 10:19 am

    I really enjoy watching your videos. I usually manage to learn something new from almost every one of them. Thanks for including your knowledge base into the videos for those of us uneducated folks who watch them. It really is a big help.

  11. Corey Merrill on November 19, 2022 at 10:22 am

    That woman with blue hair has a physical twin in my local area .
    Asbestos is a need to study material before rockhounding anywhere. Actinolite IS an asbestos. Asbestos fibers are a decayed crystaline structure of actinolite or tremolite. Olivine and paridot are related. They are all serpantine based minerals.

  12. AMERICANREBEL ! on November 19, 2022 at 10:26 am

    Cool man!

  13. Dan Yerdon on November 19, 2022 at 10:27 am

    From way upstate New York. I need to head down to NC again this year. Good video to watch.

  14. Michael Berger on November 19, 2022 at 10:27 am

    If you don’t mine me asking what elevation were you at when you found rubies?

  15. Carlos Vidal on November 19, 2022 at 10:28 am

    what place is it looked pretty

  16. ALENE Drummond on November 19, 2022 at 10:30 am

    Man I want to come dig ruby’s! Thanks for doing these vids.

  17. ELİT BİLGİ on November 19, 2022 at 10:31 am
  18. Basso Matic on November 19, 2022 at 10:34 am

    Yeah, that’s gotta be Buck Creek. I was there 40 years ago and found some small but nice gem quality ruby. Those boulders laying around are from prospect pits the old timers blew open back in the day when some really good stuff was found. Buck Creek itself has yielded some nice ones.

  19. JCPA on November 19, 2022 at 10:34 am

    Just moved to NC, this video is very fun and well done. Cant wait to go hunting. Thanks!

  20. Jessica Mermaid on November 19, 2022 at 10:36 am

    I have been gem hunting in that area my whole life. My family vacationed in the Smoky Mountains every year for about 25 years.

  21. Chrs loc on November 19, 2022 at 10:36 am

    There used to be a show I’d watch called Hillbilly Blood. There was an instance where the cast needed some extra so they went to an area and sifted through a creek and found a bunch. Then they sold them to a gem dealer near by. They said they wouldn’t disclose where it was because they liked having something to fall back on in a moment of tough times. Thought that was really cool.

  22. mak dd on November 19, 2022 at 10:39 am

    Sledge works better then pick for this stuff

  23. Trigger on November 19, 2022 at 10:40 am

    Very appropriate that he’s wearing a Minecraft shirt

  24. Gregory Quitt on November 19, 2022 at 10:41 am

    I am from Switzerland and i want to know If I can take some rubis to Switzerland

  25. KatBot2 on November 19, 2022 at 10:42 am

    I loved that Mountain Laurel.

  26. Rocks for brains with Ameta on November 19, 2022 at 10:42 am

    New to your channel… I gotta say, I’m very impressed with your informative style! Keep the great job!

  27. MineHunter on November 19, 2022 at 10:43 am

    Just use muriatic acid to melt them away from the stone and invest in proper masonry chisels

  28. Dan Yerdon on November 19, 2022 at 10:43 am

    Nicely done.

  29. Digging Science on November 19, 2022 at 10:43 am

    We had the rare opportunity to do some ruby hunting in North Carolina! If we misidentify anything, please correct us! And if you’d like us to do more crystal collecting, let us know!

  30. Strange Wilderness on November 19, 2022 at 10:45 am

    Hello, I found some blueish gray stones recently hiking with family and they have many similarities to corundum. However, I feel like I would have to be extremely lucky for that to be the case, but no one I’ve talk to can seem to identify them. I know you are probably busy, but was wondering if I might could get your help in identify them. Thanks, Nic.

  31. Jennifer Edwards on November 19, 2022 at 10:45 am

    Your level of knowledge is impressive.

  32. Michael Anderson on November 19, 2022 at 10:45 am

    I live in Wisconsin are there any tips for me here what to look for what I might find?

  33. Kevin Finkel on November 19, 2022 at 10:46 am

    How much are those rubies appraised for?

  34. Yankee timeline on November 19, 2022 at 10:47 am

    Chunky gal mountain?

  35. Robert Bradford on November 19, 2022 at 10:48 am

    You’re in North Carolina, ya? This is not at all how you picture it happening, because you write left to right and you read left to right. See the stuff happening there did not happen left to right but right to left. You are standing on sea bed, this is easy to tell because of the serpenitenite you found there, the asbestos looking stuff is serpenitenite, it’s made at the base of the continental shelf where it meets the sea bed, and is made no where else, so the ground your standing on was at one time under the ocean and was pushed up from a collision about 350 million years ago when Africa collided with North America helping to create Pangaea. Paleo geology is a fascinating field of study to specialized in, this is how they found out about Baja/BC which is the entire west coast shifted north to Canada during crustaceous period, you know when the big meteor killed the dinosaurs?
    The smokey mountains are huge mostly today sedimentary but below that the first layers are oceanic, this is how they know and a soil and zircon magnetics connect it to Africa

  36. ProspectorAl on November 19, 2022 at 10:49 am

    One of my favorite spots.

  37. Gazz Og on November 19, 2022 at 10:51 am

    Came across this vid thank you bro for you info about the geo now subbed 👍 love your videos keep it up man

  38. Kelly Underwood on November 19, 2022 at 10:51 am

    Where exactly is this? I just camr to NC here now and I’m looking for a great place to go

  39. MollyHollyPollyDolly on November 19, 2022 at 10:53 am

    Cat: DEFINITELY 😂😂😂😂

  40. Nancy Arellano on November 19, 2022 at 10:53 am

    I’m new to this interesting channel..glad I stumbled upon it.
    I’m from NC..I live in Charlotte, can you tell me where your ruby hunting so I can try too…looks like fun

  41. Keith Wood on November 19, 2022 at 10:53 am

    1:57 Probably garnet amphibolite, consisting of hornblende (black), plagioclase (white), and garnet (red).
    2:30 Probably not asbestos which would be notably fibrous and cottony. Probably actinolite.
    2:56 Yes. Ruby/sapphires.
    7:53 Wrong tool for the job. That’s hammer work!

    Looks like you had a good day.

  42. kalimantan gemstone on November 19, 2022 at 10:54 am

    gemstones are art and natural beauty

  43. Nicholette & Brian on November 19, 2022 at 10:59 am

    New Subscriber: This is great! You are very knowledgeable! If you ever want two passionate rockhounds eager to learn more on your crystal mining adventures let us know! We refered to this video when mining in north carolina, recently!

  44. James Roush on November 19, 2022 at 11:01 am

    Oh my gosh I’ve been to that exact mountain to find rubies with my family! We brought back like 50 pounds of ruby bearing host rock

  45. Knoxville Hermit FREE Movies, Music and More on November 19, 2022 at 11:02 am

    Does anybody know of a video on YouTube that explains the differences between crystals, rocks, minerals and gems?

  46. TheFox&TheRabbit on November 19, 2022 at 11:04 am

    It’s so cool what you do ! And so endearing , nice, that you call the ruby cute. Awwww. ❣️❣️

  47. U.S. Militia on November 19, 2022 at 11:05 am

    About 20 years ago, WCYB in Bristol Virginia did an interview with a guy, from somewhere in North Carolina, who was digging emeralds. Apparently he was doing so well that he had armed guards while digging. Where? I have no idea. He was very secretive and I don’t blame him.

  48. Joy Redden on November 19, 2022 at 11:06 am

    These are sapphires

  49. drhexagonapus on November 19, 2022 at 11:06 am

    Y’all need to get a rock hammer…..

  50. Susan Salway on November 19, 2022 at 11:07 am

    Liked your video, the tutorial and the flowers, but heaven’s, wear goggles if you are going to use a pickaxe!

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