We chose this mine because it isn't seeded or enriched and the reviews were so good on tripadvisor. Everyone truly was friendly and helpful. You have to be patient and not over expect since you are digging for stones as they are in the earth and not going through buckets with gems mixed in.
The $30 each seemed a little high, but it was for the whole day and you get constant help and attention the whole time you are there.
We came after a storm and apparently a cluster was exposed as there were 5 "bell ringers" (over 10 carats) and lots of other large sizes found. The four of us ended up with over 58 carats total weight (mostly really small, but one 4.25 carat and an 8.65 carat).
Brandon, Charlie and Ben can spot them quickly after all their years of experience and are really thorough in helping you spot them in your tray.
After a couple of hours you start seeing any of decent size on your own, but its always good to let them look over what you might have missed.
As the others said, wear clothes that you don't mind getting dirty and bring a change of clothes. Also, bring a picnic lunch. Nice area with picnic tables.
Would recommend for a day of something really different to do. Little ones seem to lose interest after a bit, but the adults all seemed hooked and most everyone that came that morning stayed until closing.
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