Our quartz was created by nature more consistently pure than anywhere else in the world

350 million

years ago the Appalachians were formed

2400 km

long mountain range


of earth's crust is quartz

Despite being the second most abundant rock-forming mineral in the earth’s crust, quartz from Spruce Pine is especially prized due to its mineral characteristics.

The area is home to unique granitic pegmatite rocks relatively devoid of contaminants because of the geological conditions under which they were formed.

Rock face of a mountain depicting showing the white quartz formations jutting up

The work of eons

When ancient North America and Africa collided to create the supercontinent of Pangea, the Appalachian Mountains rose at the heart of this giant landmass. The result of those tectonic forces caused oceanic crust to sink underneath North America. This subduction brought oceanic sediments and basalts into higher temperature and pressure zones as they approached the mantle. Ocean sediments melted as a result and created the magma that would slowly cool to form the Spruce Pine pegmatites almost free from grain-bound inclusions.

Aerial view of blue ridge mountains at dusk with blue haze

Our corner of Appalachia

The Appalachians predate the Himalayas, the Alps, and the Rocky Mountains. The range traverses the North American continent, from Newfoundland and Labrador in Canada all the way down to Alabama in the Southern U.S. North Carolina is home to the Blue Ridge Mountains, a subrange of the mighty Appalachians known for their iconic blue haze.

The Appalachian mountains are part of the same ancient range that extends all the way to Norway, where they form the Jotunheim mountains

Known as the Caledonian orogeny, this prehistoric chain also passes through Scotland, where they form the Grampian mountains (Caledonia is the Latin name for Scotland)