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Gem Mountain

Hwy 226, Spruce Pine, NC
828-765-6130
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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66 reviews 66 reviews
22 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

After breaking a bunch of rocks looking for emeralds at privately owned Crabtree Mine in Little Switzerland, we took our 8 year old to Gem Mountain so he'd be sure to find something. As we were only one of three families sluicing, the staff were very accommodating and gave us gems that other patrons had unknowingly tossed out on the... More

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45 reviews 45 reviews
17 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

We take our kids here and its a fun afternoon for them. We usually purchase a $25 bucket and they have dig through all the stones. The have a great store were you can have your rocks turned into jewelry.

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Vero Beach, Florida
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151 reviews 151 reviews
41 attraction reviews
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

We went to Gem Mountain this week and purchased two $55 mixed buckets and a $25 Topaz bucket. We had loads of fun sifting through our buckets, and we came away with a large number of stones. Our buckets were a mixture of gemstones and feldspar (unlike some mines which are dirt and gemstones) so "mining" here is a lot... More

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Springboro, Ohio
1 review
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

Ok, I have to respond to this one. I've been going to gem mountain for years, like 14yrs and consider them my friends. They are the best people you'll meet if you take the time to get to know a few of them. They do have gem cutters on site but some of their cutters are not located on site.... More

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Jacksonville, Florida
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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2013

Made it a point to visit Gem Mountain while in North Carolina. We bought the $85 mixed bucket which included a credit of $45 toward having one of the minerals we found cut and polished. Four of us shared the bucket and found quite a lot of great gems including clear quartz, amethyst, sodalite, black tourmaline, garnets, topaz, rubies, sapphires,... More

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Charlotte, North Carolina
1 review
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013

My husband & I have been going there for at least 10 years and were extremely pleased with all the gems we had purchased. That is until recently. We hadn't been for about a year & a half and found that the rough gem buckets had increased in price, but this wasn't the worst of it. They used to charge... More

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
1 review
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

It started out ok, we bought a $25.00 bucket of rocks and was there for about 2 hours. Then the owner Matt help select two rings for us mine a Cab red ruby (birthstone) and Marilyn's a Midnight Sapphire.. This was on 7/2/13. We have called to check the status of the rings and never got a courteous call back.... More

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Halberstadt, Germany
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137 reviews 137 reviews
47 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013

We had a blast, it it's so exciting to check if you find a nice gemstone. The guys that run the place are friendly too and I can't wait top get the Topaz they will cut out of my find. Maybe we go right again tomorrow! By the way, we had a special bucket for 30 bucks, I think this... More

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Deltona, Florida
1 review
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

Let me start by saying that my family has been going to Gem Mountain for close to 2 decades. When we first started going there it was wonderful. We went there so much, we became friends with the family that owns and operates the place. We found beautiful rough gemstones, we have boxes of them here at home, and had... More

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Augusta, Georgia
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30 reviews 30 reviews
10 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013 via mobile

Prices for buckets were a bit higher than similar operations and down here there are a lot of them but they did have a bunch of different options. We were a family of 1 adult and 2 boys. We got the opal bucket and the 130 bucket mixed. It kept us busy for a couple of hours and we did... More

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