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Sweet Surrender Crystal Mine

67 Reviews
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Sweet Surrender Crystal Mine

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288 Horseshoe Bend Rd, Story, AR 71970-8085
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jjthei wrote a review Jun 2020
7 contributions6 helpful votes
Do not pass this one up!!!! Call ahead for an appointment to make sure they are open. Owner and pets were extremely friendly and very knowledgable on the opportunities to find crystals. These are different than some other mines and will take iron out to clean up but will be well worth it. They are hoping to move more product and hopefully they will keep it going. Found everything from clear points and clusters to huge garden art rocks. See photo with more cleaning this will be a great yard conversation piece.
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Date of experience: June 2020
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Dana R wrote a review Apr 2020
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Last year 2019, I was with a friend of mine who is also a rock gatherer. We traveled from KC MO. It was a rainy day, when we called to see if we needed an appointment and Becky said we could come now. We were greeted by Becky and she explained how to find the Quart and what to look for. We started off a little slow, but after we found a few and knew what the crystals looked like we found a lot. It started to rain and Becky said we could continue. We collected over 100 lbs. of great crystals. Becky was so kind and friendly. I would be heading there now if they were open. Dana Reed
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Date of experience: May 2019
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Susie Schilling wrote a review Mar 2020
St. Catherines, Canada7 contributions3 helpful votes
My second trip to Arkansas and sweet surrender mine. I took my 19 year boy with me on second. I read some bad reviews which prompted me to also agree with owners response. You have to dig in the heaps of clay and veins material (not sifted throw like other mines) that is there for the helping. It’s harder indeed the clay is grey and heavy but from the crystals found there are some of the highest grade. One can mine along the wall and find a vein as my son did and patiently pull out flawless pieces of grade A clarity after soaking off the iron. I love going to all the mines they all have something to offer (hence worth 25 hour drive there). Besides the crystals from sweet surrender I must say Randy the owner is very easy going I was there at the crack of the day and they came a little later had with standard form any collected 20$ for an ENTIRE day, unlike any other mine. We left with the sunset!!! As for there employee Carl, after he finished his work day he spent time with me teaching me how to see and find then in this different grey clay and tricks of the trade. He also turned a huge part of everything over and assisted in helping me find points. Randy’s nephew aided my son and gave him pointers earlier in the day. We where there in the off season with many rainy days and where the only 2 visitors being sadly our last day before trekking back. My son didn’t get to the mother load pocket but along the veins there where riches of beauties. So yes it is work and you might not find as many (though in November I lucked out with lots of surface ones without digging too much), but those that you do find aren’t a bunch of big sand stores with some broken and smashed crystals on it. A big big shout out to Carl, wow he is a hard worker, was relentless in getting excavator tracks back on and out of what seemed an impossible position them turned the clay after his day just for me!!! ❤️🙏🍷 Pics below, clusters still need more soaking. Cheers she ya all in the fall!
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Cristine B wrote a review Feb 2020
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This place is a laid back and relaxing mine. Our dog had as much fun as we did. We listened to the owners direction and collected great specimens. We also purchased a basket of handpicked specimens by Randy which we treasure. We visited a few other places, but like I said, this is the one we have to get back to! We visited in early February and it was a nice temperature and there were only a couple of other visitors.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Susan C wrote a review Dec 2019
Vandalia, Illinois20 contributions2 helpful votes
We had dug crystals for the first time a couple months ago at a different mine. Drove all the way back from Illinois to try a different mine. Had a great time and the man working was friendly and helpful and even provided us with a big rock full of crystals! Crystals were everywhere and digging was easy. Some areas have rocks you need to climb over, but plenty of area where no rocks. A family with children showed up and they had a large dog not on a leash. We are not dog lovers and would have preferred the dog be leashed so it would not have been coming up to us and attempting to jump on us. The digging was fun and we found more than enough crystals. We will be coming back.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Response from Randy S, Owner at Sweet Surrender Crystal Mine
Responded Jan 5, 2020
Thank you for your review. We will talk to people about their dogs. I know we let our dogs run. I (Becky) talk to people about their animals. We ususally put ours up if diggers aren't dog friendly
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