After seeing Gem Mountain featured on the Discovery Channel, my sister put this on her "Bucket List". Two of her grown children flew up from Florida to go on this expedition along with me and my two grown childen. We drove for over six hours only to "GIVE" our money away for useless pieces of ROCK.
I found lots of pieces of GARNET (the look like meatballs) only to find out they are specimen pieces and aren't worth a darn. Yes, "tehcnically" they are garnet, but not like the garnet crystals you can cut into a stone for mounting.
I know this because I took all my pieces to a local gem cutter who said I had nothing worth cutting. VERY DISAPPOINTING.
He said that what Gem Mountain is doing is switching our pieces of junk out for other gems. That is why it takes so long for you to get your pieces back from them that you find if you choose to have them cut them for you. My suspicion is that we are getting synthetic gems. I, too, ordered from them. I still want my jewelry, so that is why I am not cancelling my order. I will have my stones appraised when I get them.
Isn't it funny that they claim they have gem cutters on site, but you never see them????
DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME OR MONEY. I would go on line and order gem stones off the television before I would ever do something like this again.
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