Tips for the Rock Collector - Gem Mining Dos and Dont's


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Gem Collecting Tips - Obtain Permission
Gem Collecting Tips - Necessary tools at paramount
  1. Be sure to obtain permission from the landowner, or pay the fee at the mine. This prevents trouble and keeps the sites open for all of us to enjoy.
     
  2. Back fill any holes you dig to prevent injuries to people or livestock.
     
  3. Use the proper safety gear. When splitting rocks, gloves and safety goggles are a must. Many non-commercial sites are overgrown, so be sure to wear pants, boots, and long sleeves.
     
  4. Remember to pack plenty of sunblock, food, and water, for the elements can be especially harsh.
     
  5. Do not collect in protected areas, or closed sites. Do not collect on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
     
  6. Be on the lookout for bees and snakes in wild areas, and carry a first aid kit and plenty of water.
     
  7. Do not disturb protected wildlife and plant species.

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