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Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine

Address: 41 Cherokee Mine Road, Franklin, NC 28734
Phone Number: (828) 349 2941
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Ranked #6 of 13 Attractions in Franklin
Type: Mines, Cultural
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English first
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014 via mobile

Went there on my honeymoon and we had so much fun. We spent 2 days going through dirt and have sandwich bags of stones. There a many that aren't cuttable bit we did end up with many nice stones that we can get cut. The highlights of the 2 days was that I found an 8.5 carat sapphire and my... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014 via mobile

My friends brought me to Franklin, NC for my 50th birthday get away. We went to several mines - dig your own and salted - and enjoyed each. The owners of Cherokee were the most helpful in identifying gems, telling us which were worth getting cut, and going through our "leftovers" to make sure we did not miss anything. (Which... More

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Gainesville, Virginia
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39 reviews 39 reviews
19 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014 via mobile

I understand that this is a native mine and there are no guarantees. However, I was quite disappointed that after spending a couple hours washing buckets of dirt, we didn't find anything worthwhile, just a few tiny pieces of gemstones about 1/4 the size of my pinky fingernail.Unfortunately I was only in Franklin for a day and didn't have time... More

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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
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

Not the best if you have little kids, but good native material and some of the best Ruby material in the area.

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Morristown, Tennessee
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5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

If you are intent on finding native gemstones and want a chance to dig a Cowee Valley Ruby then this is the place to go. What I like about Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine is the opportunity to find a variety of natural gems i.e. rubies, sapphires, garnets, rutile, etc. as well as Indian artifacts. The staff is friendly, informative... More

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Cape May, New Jersey
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38 reviews 38 reviews
12 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 via mobile

I arrived at 9am to participate in the dig your own option and enjoyed speaking with Maria regarding the different gems. She then allowed me to drive their truck to the mine dump pile to fill buckets I was able to dig and sluice 27 buckets of dirt from different areas of the pile before closing at 4 pm. If... More

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Midlothian, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

Thank you for sharing your amazing knowlege of the gems and how to spot them! Anyone in the area should make the exttra effort to spend a day or more here, you will not be disappointed!!!

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Lake Mary, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

This is a family-owned and operated affair, and they couldn't be nicer!! We didn't find a ton of amazing stones, but we found enough to make it worth while! But the staff was very adamant about helping us to feel "more welcome" as they felt bad that we didn't find more stones. For us, it was all about the experience!... More

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Marietta, Georgia
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

The folks who run this mine are very nice, honest and helpful for new miners. You will get an introductory lesson from the lady who runs the admission. They have buckets pre-dug or you can go dig your own. Every bucket comes from the same area and they are not salted. The soil from this mine was very easy to... More

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Tampa, Florida
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Mom, Tony, and Ray made our vacation the best I have ever had! They not only teach you what to do look for, but also help you double check all of your work to make sure you didn't miss anything. If you do miss something, they are sure to find it and will let you keep it anyway! Our lack... More

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