There’s emeralds in them thar hills!
Or at least there was, until intrepid, amateur gem seekers stumbled across a treasure trove of fancy rocks in North Carolina worth tens of thousands of dollars.
ABC News reports Libby and Kevin Barrieault were the first to strike non-literal gold in a closed mine in Hiddenite, N.C. They paid mine owner Jamie Hill $25 apiece to explore his North American Emerald Mine last Friday, but are sure to get their money back after selling a 50-carat gem Kevin found under a rock.
They’ll be selling it on eBay. Starting bid: $8,000.
The next day, Hill let Terry Lofgren and her fiance John Kehoe explore his property and they too found jewels, including a 30-carat emerald and 240 more carats of loose emeralds. The Lofgren’s haul is expected to be worth $40,000.
Hill, who’s not let anyone in the family mine in 40