Went to the Old Pressley Sapphire mine 7/27/14.
The location is very had to find and you will tear up your vehicle if you have anything less than an SUV getting there.
Now while I realize this is in the NC mountains the set-up was very depressing and not very professional. We were with our kids so we decided to stay and give it a shot.
After mining our stones we took them inside to be appraised for cutting. We were told we had several stones worth cutting and we decided to have four cut (3 10k stones and 1 5k stone).
We paid $210.00 to have these cut in addition to the cost to mine these gems. They will not cut them while you are in town stating they have a backlog and it would be 12 weeks. After receiving our stones some 14 weeks later it was clear to see why...no one would ever pay for these stones if they saw them first!!!! My stones are all the same size and I am no jewelry expert but no way are these close to even 5k....they are the size of match heads!!! Not useful for anything!!! If you must mine then take your stones home and invest in a rock tumbler. The end result will be the same.
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