America has heaps of places to sluice, sift and dig for precious stones

Rockhounding is prohibited in Wyoming’s national parks, but there’s no stopping you hunting for treasure 

The spot runs gold prospecting and gemstone collecting tours from late spring through to fall, and you can turn your gems into jewelry at McCoy Minerals Inc

Dubbed Montana’s largest, oldest and best sapphire mine, Gem Mountain welcomes gemstone hunters of all ages

The Piedmont region in North Carolina is renowned for its hiddenite and this mine invites members of the public to go prospecting for this famous gem

Rainbow Ridge Opal Mine, Virgin Valley, Nevada

Crystal Hill, Kofa National Wildlife Refuge, Arizona

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