The Transylvania Times -

By Derek McKissock
News Editor" 

Teen Finds A 'Super Honker' Ruby Gem


Jake Hertzog shows off the ruby he found at the Sheffiled Mine. (Times photo by Derek McKissock)

Jake Hertzog had a "Super Honker" find last Thursday.

The 17-year-old found a large ruby at the Sheffield Mine near Franklin. The Sheffield Mine owners said Hertzog's ruby was roughly 300 carats and refers to such finds as "Super Honkers"

"I didn't know what it was," Hertzog said, describing how he felt when he came across the ruby, which is encased within stone and is only partially visible.

"I didn't know the gravity of it until everybody started getting excited."

Hertzog is from Florida and is visiting his grandparents in Connestee Falls.

His grandfather Bill Hertzog said they go hunting...

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