Named for the bright green fluorite found within, the Emerald Ridge Pegmatite is a former topaz mine located in the Katemcy Granite Batholith, beneath rolling ranchland north of Mason, Texas. Most of the gem bearing pegmatite is unexcavated. The pegmatite itself is composed of miarolytic granite studded with pockets of beautiful fluorescent emerald-green fluorite, both in massive form and as facet-grade octahedra to 4 cm. Screening the pit gravel will uncover the occasional light blue or water clear euhedral topaz crystal.
100 meters east of the pegmatite is another containing many small 1-5 cm terminated quartz points, many colored pink, red or orange with inclusions of hematite. Occasionally these are iridescent. Known locally as "strawberry quartz", the crystals occur singly or in beautiful clusters and plates. Beautiful zoned purple amethyst has been found here as well. This pegmatite also contains many perfect 3-6 cm crystals of pink microcline weathered from the granite.
The site is located in rolling ranch land with no undue hazards to collectors, other than the occasional prickly pear cactus, so the site is ideal for children. There are numerous large tailings piles loaded with quartz and fluorite of nearly every color, for them and others averse to hard rock mining.
NOTE: Emerald Ridge has strict collection limits for everyone. We will provide a container that meets those requirements. Please plan on returning those containers at the end of the day. Bring something to carry out the beautiful things you find. Limits will be enforced so that everyone may have the opportunity to enjoy this incredible site well into the future. Any and all materials removed must fit within the container provided.
NO COMMERCIAL COLLECTING WILL BE ALLOWED
• Bring hat, sunscreen, drinking water, snacks and eye protection.
• Hiking boots are recommended.
• High-clearance vehicles are not required.
Strawberry Quartz Collected at Emerald Ridge
Collected by Mary Keller
August 3, 2013
Double Terminated Strawberry Quartz Collected From
Emerald Ridge by EB
Rich green 4" fluorite from the Emerald Ridge Pegmatite in Mason County, Texas.
Mindat.org Photo of the Day - 7th May 2013
Fluorite green/light blue from Emerald Ridge
Variegated purple/green fluorite from Emerald Ridge