Tips & Tricks for Crystal Mining at Diamond Hill Mine South Carolina

Diamond Hill Mine, (c) Debra Roinestad, The Comfy Cabin, 2023

You will have a rocking-good time visiting Diamond Hill Mine in South Carolina. This mine has over six acres of soil filled with crystal quartz, amethysts, smoky quartz, epidote, and many other minerals!

The best time to go crystal hunting is early morning before the hot Carolina sun turns up the heat. Make sure to bring plenty of water and snacks with you. Digging for crystals is truly a cardio workout. 

The best place to find rocks and crystals is often to the side of the pit. Many will be digging downward and ignoring the sides and corners. Also, look around for loose rocks sitting on top of the soil. After heavy rainfall, hidden specimens will often be washed clean, revealing amazing crystals! 

Diamond Hill Mine, (c) Kurt Roinestad, The Comfy Cabin, 2023

Here are some other tips for crystal mining:

Dress in layers and wear an old pair of denim jeans. Jeans prevent any scratches, cuts, and scapes on your skin. You will be in a large pit filled with sharp rocks and debris for many hours. Also, the soil will stain your clothes permanently. 

Bring suntan lotion. Make sure to apply suntan lotion on your face and arms. It’s so easy to get sunburned looking for crystals. 

Wear Hiking boots. Bring hiking boots or wear shoes with a good grip when walking around. You will be climbing steep hills and will need that extra support. Also, consider using a walking stick. 

Bring Rock Hounding Tools. Rock lovers, you will need a basic rock-hounding kit for a successful crystal hunt. You will need work gloves, a pick, a long screwdriver, a shovel, a crowbar, a spray bottle filled with water to spray down your crystals, paper towels, newspapers, boxes, empty zip-lock bags, and an empty bucket to place your rocks. I used this basic rock-hounding tool kit that was helpful for my hunt.

Some of our crystal collection from Diamond Hill Mine, (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2023

Diamond Hill Mine is a great place to bring your family and friends. Also, it’s the perfect place for couples to work together as a team hunting for treasure. This place is truly a gem! 

Debra Roinestad

Vintage European style diamonds illustration. Original from the British Library. Digitally enhanced by rawpixel.

100 Diamond Hill Road, Abbeville, S.C. 29620

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