Gem Hunting in Maine – A great Summer Adventure

By Jim Somers, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Founder of American Gold Prospecting Adventures, Jim Somers is a seasoned gold prospector who leads prospecting excursions throughout northern New England. He has been featured in The Boston Globe, The Union Leader, Lost Treasure Magazine and The Gold Prospectors Association of America Pick & Shovel Newsletter.
American Gold Prospecting Adventures
Gem Hunting, Newburyport MA

“Maine has an excellent gem hunting reputation among “rockhounds” for the variety and quality of mineral specimens found within its borders. Hundreds of people explore the state each year in search of crystals, semiprecious gems, gold, and other minerals. The novice is practically assured of finding something of interest at Maine’s collecting sites, while a large assortment of rare minerals await the advanced collector. Mineral collecting is an inexpensive hobby that can be enjoyed by all age groups, and offers the fringe benefits of outdoor recreation and the opportunity to learn about earth science.”  (from:

Learn where and how to find Maine treasures! American Gold Prospecting Adventures is now offering guided gem hunting and rock hounding adventures in Maine for our 2017 season. We will bring you to some hot spots in the hills and mountains of Maine and teach you how to locate some of Maine’s most treasured gems and minerals such as Tourmaline, Almandine (garnet), Beryl (includes Aquamarine), Black Tourmaline and Topaz.

Our Gem Hunting Guide, Nate Nielsen, started collecting fossils as a child from the creek near his home in Western New York. In 2010 he tried panning for gold in the still icy waters of Maine for the first time. After seeing a “flash in the pan” his gold adventures soon took him to finding gold in almost every New England state. Soon dredging for nuggets in Virginia,  Beach mining in Nome, Alaska and working wash plant and gold claim in Northern California were added to the list. Finding gems and minerals seemed like a natural progression, especially living in an area with a rich history of mining. Today Nate can be found out hiking to find new prospects or helping out at some private commercial mine operations.

To find out more, visit and book your adventure today!









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