Dig for Amethyst Crystals at Jackson Crossroads

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The JXR Amethyst Mine in Georgia is known for producing high-quality amethyst crystals and clusters. This mine has been written about in rock & mineral magazine and there are multiple YouTube videos showing ordinary rockhounds unearthing unique crystals.

You’ll spend most of your time digging and prospecting for Amethyst crystals and clusters in an open pit mine.  Don’t worry the process is fairly simple and you’re guaranteed to find some amazing specimens.

This location is excellent for families, junior rockhounds, and old-timers.  

Keep reading below to learn more about what to bring, types of clothing to wear, and driving directions.  We even provided a direct link to the hours of operation for the mine.

Types of Crystals

Using the right tools for amethyst mining can help you extract crystals with minimal stress on your hands and fingers! The JXR Amethyst Mine recommends using gentle devices like small garden hand tools.

  • Amethyst crystal points
  • Amethyst clusters
  • Amethyst crystal scepters
  • Double terminated crystals


Remember to take care when handling and cleaning the amethyst crystals to avoid scratching the crystal face or chipping a point. The mine advises slow and careful work, so use gloves for your extraction efforts if needed! Good storage solutions include egg crates or newspaper

There’s a water source nearby to assist you with cleaning the crystals before you take them home.

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Tools and Tips For Crystals Digs

A crystal prospector will want to pack a variety of tools for this trip. They should have snacks and drinks in case they get thirsty or hungry, as well as packing materials for crystals and minerals collected onsite. Don’t forget about the weather and make sure to dress appropriately.

Must-Have Tools and Accessories 

  • Sunscreen
  • Big wheeled carts
  • 5-gallon buckets
  • Thick cardboard trays (Find these at Costco)
  • Newspaper for packing
  • Hat or sombrero
  • Estwing rock hammer
  • 3 lb hammer
  • Small hand rake
  • Small hand shovel
  • Small garden tools
  • Gloves
  • Long pants
  • Long sleeve (depends on weather)
  • Boots
  • Towels for drying off
  • Fresh clothes (you’re going to sweat)

The summer heat at JXR Amethyst Mine can be unbearable, but visitors to the site in spring or fall will enjoy a perfect day. Make sure you follow all of their safety rules for crystal digging!

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Driving directions

The mine is located 1.2 km (0.7 mile) WSW of Jacksons Crossroads, a few hundred yards North of Clifford Grove Church.

Type or copy the GPS coordinates below into your Google or Apple Maps.

GPS Coordinates


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