Had a great time up in the mountains last weekend; perfect weather, and got badly sunburned. I found a few very pretty sapphires, posting photos of them below. The nicest– the bluish-violet one which is also in the second pic (sorry the photo is not more clear)– is one of the most lovely stones I’ve seen uncut. I plan to take it to the lapidary to see what can be done with it.
Looks like the American Profile Magazine should be in this week’s edition! – http://www.americanprofile.com/gallery/mining-the-gem-capital-of-the-world/1/
Also, Cherokee Mine has a Facebook page now! – http://www.facebook.com/pages/Cherokee-Ruby-and-Sapphire-Mine/210128582335872