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Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine

41 Cherokee Mine Road, Franklin, NC 28734
(828) 349 2941
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Ranked #3 of 20 attractions in Franklin
Type: Mines
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tampa, FL
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43 reviews 43 reviews
14 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2013

Wife is big time gem and mineral person. To me, a rocks a rock, so I sat in the sun and read. :) Selected this one as the dirt comes from a mine on the property. Owner Maria was a wonderful host and very helpful in finding gems that are easily overlooked by the amateurs. Next to last day of... More

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Saxton, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

We had a great time mining gems here. All natural dirt.What you find is the real thing Comes from a dry riverbed. Owner is great,spends slot of time explaining what to look for.Found numerous gems,one gem quality. Took to local lapidary to have cut.Don't miss this gem mine.

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Woodstock, Georgia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

This was our second time here. After the first time we made sure to plan enough time to check our dirt properly. If it your first time they will help you with what to look for and even check your dirt after you think you are finished. Yes we missed some garnets and a few broken sapphires. Bring sun screen,... More

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Alton, Virginia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

This is the second time I have been here with my 2 grandchildren. First for my husband. We basically had the owner all to ourselves. We did 8 buckets and found garnets, moonstones, rutile and sillimanite. We also found some beautiful rocks that we took home. Maria, the owner, went through all our stones with large tweezers. I found so... More

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Mount Dora, Florida
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

This place is really great! It is actually an unsalted mine. The owner will actually double check what you've sifted through and thought was nothing, to make sure you get everything out of there. Great prices! We came home with a couple rubies and sapphires! Also, very educational!

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virginia
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

Maria and Ray were s great help! Spent 3 hrs on 6 buckets and got some great gems! Having 2 Sapphires and 1 garnet cut and polished. We can't wait to get them back! Awesome memories and vauable finds! This is the real deal...unsalted...wouldn't have it any other way!

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Stow, Ohio
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2013

We visited this mine on July 2 driving about 1 1/2 hours to get there from the Sapphire Valley/Cashiers area. It was well worth the drive - but don't follow your GPS - follow the directions on the mine's web site. Our GPS led us to some gated community off of Hwy 23. Once we got back into the town... More

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Benton, Arkansas
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013

We found a lot of different gems, the service was excellent and he answered all our questions about what gems we found.

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Miami, Florida
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34 reviews 34 reviews
7 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2013

Cherokee was our first mine & a great experience with Maria. She is such a sweet lady and will sit with you and teach you about the gems and rocks that you come across. She has umbrellas and pads for the flumes. The water in the flumes was clear and cold. We took our own pair of gloves, which was... More

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Miami, FL
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26 reviews 26 reviews
7 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012

Went here as a kid, but still remember it. Wonderful for kids to explore and learn about gems and where they are from. Fantastic memories of my father and I searching for rubies.

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