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Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine

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Address: 41 Cherokee Mine Road, Franklin, NC 28734
Phone Number: (828) 349 2941
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Anniversary treasure hunt

Proverbs 31:10 Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies. is one of my favorites Bible verses, so Ruby is my nickname for my wife. I thought it would be... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
James P
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3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Proverbs 31:10 Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies. is one of my favorites Bible verses, so Ruby is my nickname for my wife. I thought it would be great to go on a hunt for rubies on our anniversary. I must say I think I choose a good place to look. We did... More 

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Matthew M, Owner at Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine, responded to this review

You are more than welcome and a big "Thank You" to you as well! Lisa and I always hope that anniversary couples find rubies, so we share your disappointment. We are glad that you both had a good day - the weather certainly cooperated that day! Thank you again, and THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE! More 

Raleigh, North Carolina
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

My husband and I are relatively seasoned amateur gem hounds. We have been to several that have just been sluices with buckets of gems that were very likely non-native stones (even in those that were claiming to be native), and felt very fabricated. There have only been a couple of mining experiences that have felt authentic, and this by far... More 

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Matthew M, Owner at Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine, responded to this review

Thank you for a comprehensive and descriptive review! Lisa, Mom, and I strive to provide the most authentic mining experience we can, and we are grateful when customers appreciate the effort we put in every day at the mine. As you noted, want people to be as successful as possible. As you handle the stones in your screen, you are... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

Absolute great time. This is the real deal for those who wish to actually look for gems. We spent about 6 hours at the site, and enjoyed every minute. The staff was very friendly, knowledgeable, and patient. They will take the time to teach you what you need to know. When you're finished checking your gravel, they will recheck it,... More 

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Matthew M, Owner at Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine, responded to this review

We always appreciate when people provide detailed reviews, especially about the time and effort needed to find your gems. We cannot stress enough that customers should ARRIVE EARLY! Your mining experience is a great illustration of why this is so. When you have your jewelry made, would you please post photos? Thank you for being a great customer and we... More 

Highlands, North Carolina
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

My husband and I had a good time, our teenage boys got bored of it an hour in. Still we left with similite and garnets. We would definitely do it again.

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Matthew M, Owner at Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine, responded to this review

Lisa and I are both glad you had a fun time, and we hope that the "bored teenagers" at least appreciate their parents provided them an opportunity to enjoy some fresh air and sunshine in the beautiful Cowee Valley! Thank you! More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

We had a great time playing in the mud! The owners were extremely helpful and gracious and even looked through our buckets of gravel after we were finished with them and gave us stones they found which we had missed. My husband and I left with about half a dozen garnet pieces and 2 sapphires, one of which is light... More 

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Matthew M, Owner at Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine, responded to this review

Thank you for being a great customer - it is gratifying when people pay attention to the orientation lectures, especially about sun exposure. It is something we repeatedly remind people of over the course of the day, along with rehydration. Please post photos if you have that sapphire cut! THANK YOU! More 

Denver, Pennsylvania
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9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

very informative place. to much exposure to the sun. went threw 24 buckets of dirt and found one very small saphiere and a few garnet chips.

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Matthew M, Owner at Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine, responded to this review

Thank you for coming to mine here. We understand that an unsalted mine can be a bit intimidating if you have never mined before, and while we hope everyone goes home with pockets full of gems, this is a real mine, and your experience illustrates that very well. We hope that your first experience will not discourage you from mining... More 

Franklin, North Carolina
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

The lady was very rude from the start it was also to expensive we ended up not even mining there but going to sheffield

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Matthew M, Owner at Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine, responded to this review

Hi, Your review does not provide enough information for us to determine exactly who you are, as you could be one of four people. Are you: 1) the person who very insistently demanded that we allow you admission at 1975 prices, because that is what you paid the last time you were at the mine 40 years ago? 2) are... More 

Oakwood, Georgia
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

I had wanted to visit the mine for several years, but my schedule wouldn't allow it. This week, my wife and I took some time off from work, with the express intent of visiting the mine. Boy are we glad we did. The trip reaffirmed my love for Geology. The owners are personable, knowledgeable, and willing to provide instruction if... More 

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Matthew M, Owner at Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine, responded to this review

We are glad that after waiting so long, we were able to meet your expectations. And I can see that you are planning to make the proper preparation for your next visit - Thank you for being a great customer! More 

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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

Great place to visit owners help you they tell you all about what to look for and then they go thru you gravel to make sure you did not miss anything (I did) wife found 3.5carat Ruby. Thanks Kim & Leon

Was this review helpful? Yes 5
Matthew M, Owner at Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine, responded to this review

We are so happy you had a great time! We work very hard trying to make everyone's visit a productive one. Thank you! More 

Saint Louis, Missouri
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9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

My husband and I decided to try something different for the day. We had such a great time! We choose the dig your own buckets and received 6 buckets each to fill. Took us nearly 4 hours for us to sift through to find all the gems. My lucky husband found a beautiful 22+ carat sapphire. We found tons of... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 5
Matthew M, Owner at Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine, responded to this review

For new miners, you both picked up very quickly on how to search your ore for gems - and you found your own rewards! Thank you for being such great customers! More 

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Address: Address: 41 Cherokee Mine Road, Franklin, NC 28734
Phone Number: (828) 349 2941
Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Smoky Mountains  >  Franklin

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