SOUTH CAROLINA

State Rock: Blue Granite (1969)
State Gemstone: Amethyst (1969)

When Rockhounds think of South Carolina, they think of Amethyst. That beautiful, deep dark purple draws people in from far and wide in hopes of bringing home chunks of those pure, heavenly crystals of Amethyst.

Did you know that Amethyst colors range from light purple tints to nearly black.

Amethyst isn’t the only crystal you can find in South Carolina though.  The most commonly collected rocks, etc. include  Amethyst, Quartz, Petrified wood, Agate, Garnet, Aquamarine, Tourmaline, Kyanite, Barite, and even Megalodon Teeth.

Below you will find the name and locations of some of the best places for you to do your digging.

Some of the mines have tools available to rent and others don’t. Most allow you to bring your own tools. We will provide as much information about what to expect and/or bring to each dig site below.

These are a few of the things you may want to take along with you on your dig:

A small, handheld garden rake
A handheld trowel
Knee pads or an old cushion to kneel/sit on
A bucket, for holding your finds
Newspaper or grocery bags to wrap and protect your crystals

While digging crystals you will probably be outside for a long time. You may want to bring:

Water
Snacks
A wide hat
Sunscreen
Bug spray, and a small first aid kit (Quartz can be sharp!)

DIAMOND HILL MINE

100 Diamond Mine Rd, Abbeville, SC 29620

(864) 934-3744

MINE INFORMATON
Some of the best Amethyst, Smoky, Skeletal (Elestial), Angle Plated, Iron & Manganese Oxide coated, Aura, and other crystals can be found here! Other minerals including Beryl, Garnet and Epidote have also been recovered here!

EQUIPMENT NEEDED

  • Screwdriver
  • Gloves
  • Garden Trowel
  • 3 prong hand cultivator
  • 1 or 2 buckets
  • Medium size pry bar
  • Knee pads or something to kneel on
  • Food/drinks

HOURS:
9 am – 5 pm Monday – Friday

PRICING:

Adult: 18+ – $20
Teen: 13-17 – $10
Senior: 65+ – $10
Children: 6-12  – $5
5 & under are free

Discounts:
Veteran: $15

Non-Collector is free (non-collectors are not allowed in collecting area, only in vending or parking area.)

Diamond Hill Mine
Diamond Hill Mine SC
Diamond Hill Mine SC

SUMMERVILLE SC

Shark Tooth Hunting

(843) 908-0227

Contact Palmetto Fossil Excursions for guided tours at CLICK HERE

MINE INFORMATON
3 different tour packages to choose from: 
Creek Excursions, Dry Digs, and Surface hunting tours (upon request only and must be booked within 3 days prior to date).

EQUIPMENT NEEDED

  • Screwdriver
  • Gloves
  • 3 prong hand cultivator
  • 1 or 2 buckets
  • Shovel
  • Knee pads or something to kneel on
  • Food/drinks

HOURS
Call (843) 908-0227

PRICING:

Depends on package selected

CLICK HERE for selection

Shark Tooth
Shark Tooth South Carolina
Shark tooth and Dylan Ross

PURPLE HEART MINE

Private Dig Site

South Carolina

MINE INFORMATON
This is an exclusive dig site that is currently not open to the public. Join The Crystal Collector on FaceBook and become a supporter for opportunities to dig with him on exclusive digs and so much more. Only .99 a month https://www.facebook.com/Thecrystalcollector

EQUIPMENT NEEDED

  • Screwdriver
  • Gloves
  • Garden Trowel
  • 3 prong hand cultivator
  • 1 or 2 buckets
  • Medium size pry bar
  • Knee pads or something to kneel on
  • Food/drinks
Bryan and Jake at Purple Heart Mine
purple heart mine sc
Byan Major at Purple Heart Mine
Purple Heart Mine amethyst plus
Logan Paul at Purple Heart Mine
Purple Heart Mine amethyst Bryan Major
Found some Amethyst
Amethyst
Amethyst Cluster

CUNNINGHAM FARM

MINE INFORMATON
This is an exclusive dig site that is currently not open to the public. Join The Crystal Collector on FaceBook and become a supporter for opportunities to dig with him on exclusive digs and so much more. Only .99 a month https://www.facebook.com/Thecrystalcollector

Bryan Major in South Carolina
Bryan Major in South Carolina
Bryan Major in South Carolina

JOHNSON CREEK FARMS

291 County Rd S-1-36, Iva, SC 29655

MINE INFORMATON
This is an exclusive dig site that is currently not open to the public. Join The Crystal Collector on FaceBook and become a supporter for opportunities to dig with him on exclusive digs and so much more. Only .99 a month https://www.facebook.com/Thecrystalcollector

HOURS
Closed

PRICING:

Closed

Found some pieces of Aqua
Aqua piece
Finding Aqua with Amos

ELLIS MINE

Private Location

South Carolina

MINE INFORMATON
This is an exclusive dig site that is currently not open to the public. Join The Crystal Collector on FaceBook and become a supporter for opportunities to dig with him on exclusive digs and so much more. Only .99 a month https://www.facebook.com/Thecrystalcollector

EQUIPMENT NEEDED

  • Screwdriver
  • Gloves
  • Garden Trowel
  • 3 prong hand cultivator
  • 1 or 2 buckets
  • Medium size pry bar
  • Knee pads or something to kneel on
  • Food/drinks
Ellis Mine Map

Disclaimer

Please note that rock collecting locations are always changing so be sure to check with the site owner for the most current information before going.

We’ve listed several locations here but there may be many more that are not listed.

Dig safe, never go underground, and make sure to get permission from the landowner to search for and collect rocks.