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The Diamond Hill Mine provides a rare opportunity to unearth Quartz crystals, Amethyst crystals, and Smoky Quartz crystals. 

The mine spans 6 acres with multiple dig locations.  The tailing piles are the easiest to dig through while the open pit mine allows serious rockhounds to find a rare pocket of skeletal Quartz.

This location has been written about in rock & mineral magazine and there are multiple YouTube videos showing ordinary rockhounds collecting beautiful skeletal Quartz clusters.

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 crystal mining can help you extract single points and clusters with minimal stress on your hands and fingers!

  • Skeletal Quartz crystal points
  • Skeletal Quartz crystal clusters
  • Amethyst crystals
  • Smoky Quartz crystals
  • Smoky Quartz clusters


Remember to take care when handling and cleaning your 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

skeletal quartz cluster diamond hill mine

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)


Make sure you follow all of their safety rules for crystal digging!

Diamond Hill Mine Rules, Pricing, and Info

Driving directions

50-99  Diamond Mine Road,  Abbeville SC

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

GPS Coordinates


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