Ernie's Rock Shop
99 Rosman Highway
Brevard, North Carolina  28712
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If you are ever visiting the DuPont Forest (where the movie Hunger Games was filmed), or the Pisgah Forest, or are
driving the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway or visiting the Cherokee Village in the beautiful Smoky Mountains of Western
North Carolina there is one place you should not miss! That is Ernie's Rock Shop in Brevard, North Carolina. Ernie's
Rock shop is operated by Linda Roth with her faithful companion "Mia" who will greet you as you enter the store. Mia is
a very gentle K-9 assistant who loves people. This wonderful rock shop holds many treasures and surprises for
rockhounds and collectors of all ages.

The shop has been operating for 27 years now. It was opened in 1989 by Linda and her father, who travelled the world
finding rare and beautiful specimens. You can find a very nice selection of rocks, minerals, precious gems, crystals,
fossils, geode-cracking and lapidary supplies in their store. If you remember the old time rock shops like those in
Deming, New Mexico, and remember the "Geode Kid" you will really like visiting Ernie's Rock Shop!

Linda makes some beautiful custom jewelry and does jewelry repairs as well. She has a very special collection of her
work on display for sale. Chris and I go to Brevard weekly and we always stop and see Linda to see what exciting
treasures she has on display for sale. It's a trip well worth making and there is even room for RV parking! There are
parking lots on both sides of the rock shop! You can contact them at
erniesrocks@comporium.net  If you are planning
a visit call Linda to verify she will be open...she follows her hours but there are exceptions...from time to time she has to
go to rock shows, rock hunting, an occasional holiday, vacation or social event.
Stop by and say hello
to Linda and Mia!
They are 1 mile West of Brevard on
Rosman Highway...look for the neon in the
window and the green triangular sign on
the building! Tell them you found their
store on SpiritRock Shop's website!
Items for sale from Ernie's Rock Shop may be
purchased here with "Buy it Now" buttons.  
Items ordered will be shipped directly from
Ernie's Rock Shop
Linda      "Mia"     Chris                    
Extremely Rare 2.75 lb Columbian Tribal Carved Emerald Owl from Ernie's Rock Shop
These specimens were all obtained by Linda's father from a Columbian Mineral Dealer at the Tucson
Rock, Gem and Mineral show in Tucson, Arizona during the 1980's. Columbian Tribal Art Carvings in
an Emerald in matrix stone are difficult to find and are a great investment. These are excellent
architectural accents or exclusive gifts for that special someone.
This piece has a very high massive emerald content in the stone as is seen by the amount of green
emerald coloring. The owls eyes are not detailed, which is often common in Columbian tribal carvings.
The work on this piece went into shaping the owl. This is a very interesting art piece which stands flat
on its feet without needing a display stand.

This specimen weighs 44 oz or 2.75 lbs (1280g)
and measures 6.6 x 3.3 x 3.5 inches (16.8 x 8.5 x 8.9cm)
Item# ERSCE1115004
Extremely Rare 2.75 lb
Columbian Tribal Carved
Emerald Owl

$699.00

Beautiful clear Selenite chard mounted on cathedral display base from Brazil
(Selenite is 5.5" (14.2 cm) tall)
This specimen weighs 17.1 oz or 1.06 lb (484g)
and measures 6 x 3.2 x 1.2 inches (17.1 x 8.1 x 3.2 cm)
Item #  ERS-BSEL2
Selenite Chard on Cathedral Base from Brazil

$46.00

Beautiful clear Selenite chard mounted on cathedral display base from Brazil (Selenite
is 6" (15.2 cm) tall)
This specimen weighs 17.6 oz or 1.1lb (500g) and measures
7 x 4.3 x 0.96 inches (17.8 x 10.9 x 2.4 cm)
Item #  ERS-BSEL3
Selenite Chard on Cathedral Base from Brazil

$59.00
Exceptional specimen of Old Stock nearly pure Azurite which is a single "floater" ball (or
rosette).  Very nicely patterned Azurite crystal growth formations. Deep Blue Azurite pattern with
very minimal malachite or other minerals.
This specimen weighs 8.6 oz or 0.54 lbs (245g)
and measures 2.4 x 2.2 x 1.7 inches (6.3 x 5.6 x 4.4 cm)
Item # ERSAZ06140002
Old Stock Nearly Pure Azurite Specimen

$339.00
Item # ERS-AMG1
19 lb Hand Chipped Geode Vug of
Amethyst from Brazil

$1,100.00
Beautiful Amethyst geode vug that was dug out by hand. It is rare to find geode vug
specimens that were chipped out by hand. This exceptional Very Large Display piece is
a one of a kind specimen for that unique artistic display you have been looking for.
(stand included)
This specimen ships from Ernie's Rock Shop UPS of Fedex Ground to
Continental USA only
 

This specimen weighs 304 oz or 19 lb ( 8.62kg )
and measures 13 x 7.75 x 7 inches (33 x 19.6 x 17.7 cm ) with a vug face opening of
10.25 x 5.25 x 6.25 inches (26 x 13.3 x 15.8 cm)

Linda is busy getting many other items photographed,
measured and weighed and writing descriptions. We will
be adding more items for sale soon! Check Back Often!
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Extremely Rare 1.06 lb Columbian Tribal Carved Emerald Face from Ernie's Rock Shop
These specimens were all obtained by Linda's father from a Columbian Mineral Dealer at the Tucson
Rock, Gem and Mineral show in Tucson, Arizona during the 1980's. Columbian Tribal Art Carvings in
an Emerald in matrix stone are difficult to find and are a great investment. These are excellent
architectural accents or exclusive gifts for that special someone.
This piece has emerald accent in the stone as is seen by the amount of green emerald coloring. The
un-carved back side contains additional emeralds in the matrix. This is a very interesting art piece
which stands flat without needing a display stand.

This specimen weighs 17 oz or 1.06 lbs (481g)
and measures 3.4 x 2.7 x 3.2 inches (8.6 x 7.0 x 8.3cm)
Item# 1ERSCE1115005
Extremely Rare 1.06 lb
Columbian Tribal Carved
Emerald Face

$250.00
Extremely Rare 13 oz Columbian Tribal Carved Emerald Face from Ernie's Rock Shop
These specimens were all obtained by Linda's father from a Columbian Mineral Dealer at the Tucson
Rock, Gem and Mineral show in Tucson, Arizona during the 1980's. Columbian Tribal Art Carvings in
an Emerald in matrix stone are difficult to find and are a great investment. These are excellent
architectural accents or exclusive gifts for that special someone.
This piece has emerald accent in the stone as is seen by the amount of green emerald coloring. The
un-carved back side contains additional emeralds in the matrix. This piece has a chip on the nose as
seen in the photos. This is a very interesting art piece which stands flat without needing a display stand.

This specimen weighs 13.3 oz or 0.83 lbs (377g)
and measures 3.2 x 2.6 x 1.9 inches (8.2 x 6.6 x 5cm)
Item# 2ERSCE1115006
Extremely Rare 13 oz
Columbian Tribal Carved
Emerald Face

$160.00
Extremely Rare Columbian Tribal Carved Emerald Face from Ernie's Rock Shop
These specimens were all obtained by Linda's father from a Columbian Mineral Dealer at the Tucson
Rock, Gem and Mineral show in Tucson, Arizona during the 1980's. Columbian Tribal Art Carvings in
an Emerald in matrix stone are difficult to find and are a great investment. These are excellent
architectural accents or exclusive gifts for that special someone.
This piece has emerald accent in the stone as is seen by the amount of green emerald coloring. The
un-carved back side contains additional emerald in the matrix.  This is a very interesting art piece
which stands flat without needing a display stand.

This specimen weighs 10.5 oz or 0.65 lbs (298g)  and measures 2.7 x 2.5 x 2.1inches (7 x 6.4 x 5.3cm)
Item# 3ERSCE1115007
Extremely Rare Columbian
Tribal Carved Emerald Face

$195.00
Phlogopite Mica, Schorl and Quartz from Ernie's Rock Shop
This local specimen is from the Spruce Pine District of Western North Carolina. This is an old stock
piece selected by Linda and her father Ernie Roth. The quartz coloring indicates this may be from the
Hiddenite area of Mitchell County. The largest Schorl crystal is 1.9 x 0.6" (48 x 16mm)

This specimen weighs 9.8 oz or 0.61 lbs (279g)  and measures 3.9 x 3.5 x 1.5 inches (10 x 8.9 x 3.8cm)
Item# ERSMT11160001
Phlogopite Mica and Schorl (Black
Tourmaline) and Quartz from
North Carolina

$65.00
This Old Stock large multi-point Calcite specimen was pulled from Linda's stash of specimens that
collected for many years. We are not sure of the locale for this piece....some things Ernie knew that
were not passed on to Linda.

This piece weighs 24.3 oz or 1.51 lbs (688g)  and measures 5.8 x 3.3 x 2.25 inches (14.9 x 8.4 x 5.7cm)
Item# ERSCAL11160001
Golden Calcite Tips on White
Calcite with Purple Fluorite
Inter-grown Crystals

$195.00
This Old Stock Aragonite specimen was pulled from Linda's
stash of specimens that collected for many years. This
specimen was procured in Virginia years ago. The
Aragonite natural formation is glued down on an Agate
Base. The whole specimen is in a glass display jar by Pyrex.

This specimen is too fragile to ship. You may purchase
it online and pick it up at Ernie's Rock Shop in
Brevard, NC
Item# ERSPOODLE11160001
Aragonite formation that looks like a Poodle Dog
with Pyrex Display Jar

$250.00
Old Stock large Azurite, Malachite and Chrysocolla in matrix from the old
Arizona Copper Mining district. This specimen was pulled from Linda's stash
of specimens that collected for many years.

This piece weighs 19.7 oz or 1.23 lbs (558g)  
and measures 4.2 x 4.1 x 1.6 inches (10.8 x 10.5 x 4cm)
Item# ERSAMC11160001
Azurite, Malachite and
Chrysocolla in matrix

$49.00
Old Stock large A Grade Nephrite Jade cube. This specimen was pulled from Linda's stash of working stock
specimens that she collected for many years.

Nephrite, is a silicate of calcium and magnesium of the amphibole group. It is a mineral that has a very hard
and fibrous crystalline Structure. It is less hard than Jadeite, and when polished it has a soft oil-like
appearance. Nephrite was the primary jade used in ancient China until about 1780 when large deposits of
Jadeite were discovered in Burma (Miramar).

Nephrite is not classified as a mineral, but a variety of the Actinolite-Tremolite series. The white-gray Nephrite
is closer to Tremolite in composition, while the green-yellow Nephrite is closer to actinolite. The fibers of
Actinolite and Tremolite must be interlocking (provides minerals toughness) for the stone to be called Nephrite.

Nephrite Jade is not “carved”. Abrasive tools and grit are used to shape and form Nephrite Jade objects. The
quality of Nephrite is based on color and translucency. The most valuable colors are Spinach Green and
Imperial White. Translucence is normally found in lighter colors. Off colors such as light spotted greens, greys
and pea greens have less value.

This piece weighs 21.2 oz or 1.33 lbs (603g)  
and measures 2.4 x 2.4 x 1.7 to 2.6 inches (6.1 x 6 x 4.5 to 6.6cm)
Item# ERSNJ11160001
A Grade Nephrite Jade cube

$156.78  (0.26/g)
Old Stock large Azurite with minor Malachite Polished One Side. This
specimen was pulled from Linda's stash of specimens that she collected for
many years.

This piece weighs 5 oz or 0.31 lbs (142g)  
and measures 3 x 2.5 x 0.59 inches (77 x 64 x 15mm)
Item# ERSAMC11160001
Azurite plate with minor Malachite
Polished One Side

$49.00
Rock Shop Hours
Tuesday thru Friday
10:30AM -5:30PM
Saturday
10:00AM -2:00PM
Closed Sunday and
Monday

If planning a visit call
1-828-884-2241
Item # ERSOCPB03170166
166g Polished Optical Calcite
from Brazil

$1
31.00
AAA Grade 166g Polished Clear Optical Calcite from Brazil
This specimen measures 2.8 x 2.2 x 1.2 inches (7.2 x 5.7 x 2.8cm) across the diagonals.
This piece weighs 5.6oz or 0.35 lb (166g)
We were lucky in our search for quality Optical Calcite from Brazil when we found this nicely polished rhomb with chamfered edges that
were finished in Brazil. We selected a few of the nicest pieces and hope to be able to procure more of these excellent specimens in the
future. Polished Optical Calcite is a Real Treasure! Look how well the bi-refraction shows! This piece is crystal clear and has interesting
natural internal fractures. The piece i
s a quality work of art direct from Brazil allowing for a lower selling price for a quality specimen!
Item # ERSOCPB03170177
177g Polished Optical Calcite
from Brazil

$14
2.00
AAA Grade 177g Polished Clear Optical Calcite from Brazil
This specimen measures 2.5 x 2 x 1.4 inches (6.5 x 5.2 x 3.5cm) across the diagonals.
This piece weighs 6
.2oz or 0.38 lb (177g)
We were lucky in our search for quality Optical Calcite from Brazil when we found this nicely polished rhomb with chamfered edges that
were finished in Brazil. We selected a few of the nicest pieces and hope to be able to procure more of these excellent specimens in the
future. Polished Optical Calcite is a Real Treasure! Look how well the bi-refraction shows! This piece is crystal clear and has interesting
natural internal fractures. The piece is a quality work of art direct from Brazil allowing for a lower selling price for a quality specimen!