We spent a Saturday afternoon at Cherokee Mine, and had a great time. The owners were very friendly, helpful, and knowledgable. They were very good with our kids, taking the time to explain what each gem was and how to identify them. We left with a few good stones and lots of good memories.
The only caution we would give, is to avoid Cowee Lapidary, even though the mine owners recommend. The man at the counter was surly and rude. He treated us like we were dumb because we didn't understand how our raw stones would be cut, and what type of jewelry we could have made.
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