In a brilliant marketing move, a tourist-saavy city council self-declared the city of Franklin, North Carolina the “gem capital” of the world. Here you can “go panning” for sapphires, rubies, and any number of chunky, occluded stones. If you are in the region, you can channel your inner prospector and join the hunt which involves hours of sifting dirt over a flume. People with keen eyes and lots of patience can go home with some whopper-sized prizes. Pretty tempting if you can spare the time.
Gallery representation: Narwhal Art Projects