I recently went to Gem Mountain Sapphire Town Store with quite a few family members to try our hand at searching for sapphires. Since the actual mine is closed for the season, we had to settle for the store. We 4 bags for which we paid $20 dollars per bag. We were takin to a room where we were shown how to shake the dust off the bag of rocks, and then shown how to wash them and place them properly onton tables where we were then instructed on the proper technique for searching for the sapphires. We found a lot of smaller ones, an some larger ones, most of which had flaws and were not suitable for cutting. However, we did find 6 really good ones, 2 were over 2 carets each. For an added price and a 9 month wait, you can have your good stones cut and prepared for a jewelry setting. One person in our party did this. It is time consuming and tidious, but enjoyable when sharing the experience with others. The people working there were very helpful and friendly. The only negative was you had to stand the whole time, and for those of us with hip, back, and knee issues, stools would have been nice. The other negative was not having adequate lighting. We were told however, that our tables could be moved outdoors since the weather was nice if we preferred, but that would have been a hassle. All in all I think most of us enjoyed the experience. Is it something I would do again, probably not, but that's because it's not really my thing. However, It was really fun getting to experience it this one time. Other members of our party have gone there several times as they totally dig it. Also, for those who would like to buy a bag of rocks to take home and search for sapphires at their own leisure, you can do that as well.
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