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Mason's Ruby & Sapphire Mine

6961 Upper Burningtown Road, Franklin, NC 28734
828-369-9742
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Ranked #3 of 13 Attractions in Franklin
Type: Mines, Cultural
Owner description: Mason's Sapphire Mine is an all-natural, dig your own sapphire mine that has been in operation...
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children
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Type: Mines, Cultural
Hours:
Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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!
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children
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North Carolina
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

we went here because they told us that it was were we could get our hand dirty, the staff here are friendly and helpful great place for any age. i will recommend wearing old clothes and tennis shoes

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Akron, Ohio, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

The staff is super friendly and helpful and do their best to guide you to the right places to dig for sapphire rich dirt! One low price and you can mine ALL DAY (no per bucket fees like some). They even cut you a break for young children!

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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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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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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3 reviews 3 reviews
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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27 reviews 27 reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
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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