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Mason's Ruby & Sapphire Mine

6961 Upper Burningtown Road, Franklin, NC 28734
828-369-9742
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Ranked #4 of 15 Attractions in Franklin
Type: Mines
Owner description: Mason's Sapphire Mine is an all-natural, dig your own sapphire mine that has been in operation since 1942 in Franklin NC. Masons mine is a safe, fun,... more » Owner description: Mason's Sapphire Mine is an all-natural, dig your own sapphire mine that has been in operation since 1942 in Franklin NC. Masons mine is a safe, fun, and unique experience to add to your family trip! « less
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014 via mobile

What a great experience! It was our first time at the today and the staff was fantastic. Charlie has an eagle eye for helping you sort treasure from trash. Todd was so knowledgable and freely shared his experience with all the folks at the mine today. I feel as though I met my brother from another mother hahaha! While we... More

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georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

We had a ton of fun with our grandson here. Excellent facilities and people. Realy enjoyed our time here.

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Lemont, Illinois
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

no big stones here. not worth the 7 mile road each way to get to it. @ least they are honest showing the 1/8" long size gems you will get..

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Kokomo, Indiana
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

When you get there you receive a short tour and get your buckets. The inside guy is not a people person but the outside guys are very helpful. You pick a side and fill your buckets with brown dirt if you can find it. What you are digging in is the tailings from the old mine. They told me that... More

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Scarsdale, New York, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

My wife and I spent two days here, mining for sapphires, and we weren't disappointed! We collected approximately 50 carats in the two days, the largest being about 4 carats. We saw at least 3 people find 10+ carat individual sapphires as well! The staff was Very helpful, and really assisted everyone in their quest to find sapphires. They made... More

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Franklin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

We met up with and brought our friends from GA and we had a BLAST mining that day. Everybody there is SOOOO helpful and friendly. What a great change of pace mining is. We WILL be back and bring others next time for sure. Thank you all for a great time.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

I was very disappointed at the price compared to other mines. The staff was not helpful as we had no idea what we were doing. I would not recommend this place to anyone. It was a waste of money and time.

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s.c.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

This was the first time going back gem mining in 20+ years and we always went to Mason Mine. It still has very friendly and helpful people. All of us liked having to dig our own dirt. We didn't find a whole lot but while we were there, several people found some very nice stones. We'll be back!

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

A great place to dig for your gems all day long as it was done and still is back in the good old days. You will find a gem or two and possibly a real 'bell ringer'.

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Metamora, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

This was the reason we went to the Franklin ,NC area. The people here were extremely helpful and provide a lot of information about what we were able to get out of our two BUCKETS of dirt & gravel. A good diversion for the whole family.

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