Gemstone Mines Steinkaulenberg; Idar Oberstein; Germany

One of the most attractive highlights from my visit to the Intergem Show was โ€œLong Night of the Gemstonesโ€, where institutions in Idar-Oberstein opened their doors to welcome exhibitors, visitors and Citizens free of charge and offer an attractive program for visitors. I had the privilege of visiting:

โ€ข The Industrial Monument Bengel
โ€ข Weiherschleife Grinding
โ€ข German Gemstone Museum
โ€ข Gemstone Mines Steinkaulenberg

Gemstone Mines Steinkaulenberg located in the middle of a nature reserve is the only gemstone mine in Europe that is open to visitors. Commercial mining ceased in 1875.

Gemstone Mines Steinkaulenberg; Idar Oberstein; Germany| The Diamond Talk
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The lava rock of the Steinkaulenberg in Idar-Oberstein was formed more than 250 million years ago. Gemstones such as agate, amethyst, jasper and rock crystal; have been mined underground since the late Middle Ages. Mining was extremely labour intensive and in poor working conditions, the miners took one year to pass through 1 meter with oil lamps as the only form of electricity.

Gemstone Mines Steinkaulenberg; Idar Oberstein; Germany| The Diamond Talk
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Visitors can also hunt for their treasure and dig for gems in a designated area nearby. I had the most memorable experience, visiting the historic mine in Idar Overstein!

Gemstone Mines Steinkaulenberg; Idar Oberstein; Germany| The Diamond Talk
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Read about my visit to the Intergem Show, The Industrial Monument Bengel, German Gemstone Museum and Weiherschleife Grindingย and plan a visit to Idar Oberstein soon!

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