Hi, I came to the USA 5 years ago where I, after taking a lapidary
class, became fascinated with rocks, stones and metal. For the last
three years I been studying silversmithing and love it. Next week I
will be going home to Austria for vacation and on top of my list is
of course a trip to the Habachtal, the (to my knowledge) most
important emerald mining site in central Europe.
Have any orchid members been there or know any details or stories? I
found a few (german) websites but prefer personal experiences. I
just know about the famous story of 1957 where a lucky(?) guy found
a large emerald (est. half a Million German Mark at that time) and
after giving it to a gem cutter received back a large facetted piece
of green glass and a few small stones. The cutter could not be
convicted and went free.
Thanks so much for your input,