Montana Blue Jewel Mine

Montana Blue Jewel Mine, Helena: Hours, Address, Montana Blue Jewel Mine Reviews: 4.5/5

Montana Blue Jewel Mine
4.5
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
This place is seasonally closed. We will be open May 2017. Check our website for updates!
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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Micah H
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Dirty and Dusty, but what an adventure!
Jul 2021 • Family
My family and I had a wonderful time! We had mined at Gem Mountain in Phillipsburg the week before and we were looking to get more sapphires. I called and made an appointment. It's a bit off the beaten path, about a 45 minute drive from Helena, on mostly gravel roads, so don't drive your Beemer or 'Vette!

Once we arrived, Eric gave us a quick demo of the screening process and gave us instructions. It's a pretty good deal for $100 I think! Essentially you use three screen sizes to weed out the big stuff and the fines (pro-tip you can plan the fines for gold. The dredge that worked the area back in the day missed all the small gold.). The material from the medium and small screens goes into 6 five-gallon buckets. Once you have your six buckets of sorted gravel, you split it into 12 half buckets which Eric runs through the jig. Once that's done, the concentrate gets flipped onto a table for you to sort through. We found a couple bigger stones right away, but had to wash the gravel again with a hand screen and work through it bit by bit to find the rest.

All told we spent three hours there and came away with a few sapphires worth cutting. Several in the 2.75-3.00 carat rough size. Nothing monstrous, but decent size, color and quality. All told, we got a couple dozen pieces over .75 carats.

We are already planning our return trip!
Written July 14, 2021
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Kerry D
1 contribution
Up from Oregon
Jun 2019
Fantastic experience! Got to keep everything I found and even took a container of sifted rough home with me and I'm still enjoying the fun of finding sapphires! Bruce was extremely helpful and very nice. Loved talking with him and can't wait to go back!
Written November 12, 2019
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Lisa T
Coeur d'Alene, ID42 contributions
We had a blast!
Sep 2019
Bruce and his family here on site are so much fun! Loved the 'show and tell' and tour of the mining operation. Took lots of time with us to go over history of the area. Easy hands on experience and a beautiful drive on an early fall day. Could not have been better!
CALL AHEAD FOR RESERVATIONS - space is limited!
Written October 15, 2019
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susan3575
Elk River, MN17 contributions
Sapphires Galore !!!
Jul 2019
This was our first trip to the Blue Jewel Mine. Bruce was so enthusiastic about sharing his knowledge of mining. It was a great set up, not only do you find sapphires but garnets too. Just an FYI, bring water, sunblock and snacks. You will work and get dirty, but it's all part of the experience. Overall GREAT time !!!! Thanks Bruce and Eric you made this so much fun.
Written September 9, 2019
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Cindy W
Spokane, WA23 contributions
Major Fun
Aug 2019 • Couples
We were the only customers at the mine, and totally green at that. But the owner, Bruce, and his son Eric, could not have been better. We spent the entire day digging and separating and sorting, and left with a nice handful of sapphires and one garnet. The long, bumpy drive down the road was well worth the results.
Written September 3, 2019
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David V
Fernley, NV206 contributions
Don't miss this!
Jul 2019 • Family
By far one of the most fun adventures. You get to dig, wash, and sort the rock to find lots of sapphires. Bruce knows every rock on the place. Eric helps with everything. We had such a great time and we found lots of sapphires. Definitely we would do it again. Thanks for a great time!
Written August 3, 2019
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Richard
1 contribution
Don’t bother trying to call to get any information
Jul 2019 • Couples
My wife attempted to call to get some information. The phone was answered by some grumpy old lady who was not very forthcoming with any information. When told we would like to plan a trip in August, her response was “We have space today”. Not very pleasant. Not very friendly. Why help support Montana Blue Jewel mine with my hard earned money when you call for information and are treated like this? We have been to Gem Mountain and they are all very friendly there. Thought we might try out this place. I don’t think so now.
Written July 24, 2019
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ChristinaJames
3 contributions
Sapphire Mininh
Jul 2019 • Couples
What a fantastic day we had. Bruce and his sun in law were sooooo knowledgeable and helpful.
They told us tons of history and stories about mining. We were blessed to see many of the beautiful sapphires they have found.
We spent the day mining and came home with a handful of sapphires.
When we visit Montana again, we will definitely return.
I wish I can give it more stars.
Fyi...wear sunscreen, layers, and bring water/snacks/ food.
Written July 16, 2019
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Cougr82
2 contributions
Rock Hound Heaven
Jun 2019
Unbelievably amazing time. My daughter is a rock hound and we could have stayed all day. Bruce walks you through all aspects of mining and gives an incredible tour of his entire operation. Additionally, Bruce provides all the historical history of the mine. It is so refreshing to spend time with a true pioneer who has given his life to the land and just wants to share the experience with others. We were in Helena for a week and this was without a doubt our family’s favorite activity. I do recommend bringing a lunch, gloves, and enough water to drink and wash your hands. Be prepared to spend at least four to five hours getting dirty!
Written July 2, 2019
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Steve Kukla
6 contributions
Cees the Day!
Jun 2019 • Solo
The Four Cees (Color, Carat, Cut & Clarity) are all to be found at MBJM and Bruce, Nina, And Eric graciously taught me the mining basics and provided a nice tour of their operation and explained a lot about sapphire mining on the Missouri River. Quite an experience and so exciting when you find your gems. Be prepared (hat, water, snack, and perhaps rubber gloves), but they provide everything else. It is an authentic outdoors setting at an operating sapphire mine and you will need to work if you want to find them.
Written June 30, 2019
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