Montana Gems of Philipsburg

Montana Gems of Philipsburg

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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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At Montana Gems of Philipsburg, we offer outside mining for Montana sapphires as well as some fun gem mixes for rock-hounds of all ages. Our gift shop offers regional gemstone jewelry in both sterling and 14k gold, something to fit every budget. It's a rock lovers delight - geodes, crystals, mineral specimens, awesome Montana Sapphire jewelry as well as Idaho opals, Montana agates and Idaho and Montana garnets. All kids get a free geode when gem-screening. We offer a free stone evaluation on your finds and we can also send your gems off for processing, turning your raw gem into something spectacular. Located between Glacier and Yellowstone National parks, we're a perfect stop along the route in a beautiful, historic mining town. We truly believe "The Fun Starts Here!"
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Odyssey30068
1 contribution
Jun 2021 • Family
You walk in, they cheerfully explain the different sacks of dirt they have for sale, you sit down outside while they walk you through what to do, and next thing you know, four hours have somehow gone by. It was inexplicably one of the most relaxing and fun experiences I have ever had. The crew here is very friendly, professional and patient. They are obviously avid and knowledgeable rockhounds themselves, and they somehow manage to make everyone feel like they’re sharing their experience with you. We found a few small sapphires, sure, but we also came out loaded down with all sorts of other cool rocks we found too. We went in expecting a short little after-lunch diversion, and ended up staying until closing time. Absolute highlight of our trip.
Written June 25, 2021
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Sandy G
Wiggins, CO162 contributions
Aug 2022
This is the second time we've been here and I know we'll be back. The area for washing gravel and sapphire picking has trees and plenty of benches.
The folks here are so helpful and the young man who double checked our discards actually found 3 or 4 sapphires we missed. We had our stones inspected by a very knowledgeable lady. The shop is also well stocked and carries beautiful jewelry made right there. Sapphires and other Montana stones.
Written August 26, 2022
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Terri
2 contributions
Jun 2021 • Family
From the moment my family walked in, we were welcomed. All of the staff were helpful and made the experience unforgettable. When finished, our bags were looked at to see if we found anything out of the ordinary. We mined a 6 caret green sapphire! The owners were just as excited as we were and walked us through making it into a piece of jewelry.
Written June 21, 2021
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Joshua Bartz
1 contribution
Jan 2020 • Business
Well I saw online that there was a perfect ring for my girlfriend. I ordered it about three days before Christmas and I made it just-in-time. It needed to be here a little bit smaller so we took it into a local jewelry shop in Bismarck. Boy they really did a number to it in Bismarck ruined the whole opal in the ring, tragic. So I called Up Montana gems of Philipsburg to see if they could save it, they said yes and that they would be happy to do it! So I sent it in and within a week I got it back looking better than ever, I was so impressed with the service and quality of the product that I think it’s a waste of time to shop anywhere else, at least for me!
Written January 23, 2020
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Joshua, thank you for your review. I am glad that the new stone fit the bill! I'm glad we could make this right for your and your girlfriend. Unfortunately, opals can not take the heat, it's a mistake I've seen before and sometimes you just can't duplicate the stone! We look forward to helping you in the future. Sincerely, Anna
Written January 24, 2020
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Theresa
6 contributions
Jul 2020 • Couples
This was great. Drove from VA to go to Gem Mountain across the street. Had reservations and verbal confirmation and email. Got there and said was closed- no I’m sorry, no call, no email. I was in tears this was our planned vacation for 6 months for our 20th anniversary. A woman was standing outside of MONTANA GEMS and suggested we come look there. What a great experience. I’m so glad the Gem Mtn was closed. It was fun, we found 1 sapphire 3.54 karats and another over 1 and several smaller flawless weighting over 17 karats plus a dozen others that had a few flaws. The helpers in the panning area were outstanding and funny and very knowledgeable. The owners/managers were just great. If ever in MT I would 100% suggest this stop. And bonus, you can bring your dogs.
Written July 13, 2020
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Thank you so much for your kind review! We're glad you found us and that we could be of service! Anna
Written May 2, 2021
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Theresa
2 contributions
Jul 2020 • Couples
We had made an appointment months earlier for the Gem place across the street and although we confirmed that morning when we got there they were closed(short staffed). I drove from Va for the special anniversary trip. When we walked out Anna from Montana gems Invited us into her shop. We bought a bag of rocks and found over 27 k of blue and green sapphires. One in particular was a little 3k. The staff was so kind and helpful. Even let us bring our dogs in to help! We had 2 perfect stones cut (locally) and they designed the most beautiful unique rings for our 20th anniversary. Anna has been over the top wonderful with all my decision changes and lack of knowledge. I can’t say enough about this place it is a MUST SEE in Mt. someday I will be back. Hats off to Anna and staff.
Written December 24, 2020
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I am so glad you found us and your trip was successful! Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review, we sincerely appreciate it and hope you're able to return someday. Anna
Written May 2, 2021
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hlquig
Havre, MT13 contributions
Aug 2020
Where to start? We went in and were given instructions about how things worked (pick your gravel). Headed down to the area where you actually search. Willow asked first thing if we had ever done this before. So, after getting our response, she explained what we needed to do. She came back to check on us a few times, but was around if we had questions. The tools needed to go through your bag of stuff is all provided. We did a "Gem Krazy" bag, another gem bag (I can't remember what it was called). Then I went back and go a sapphire bag and a copper bag. There was a lot to find in all the bags. With the sapphire bag, when we were all done (and having found no sapphires), Willow offered to go thru our dirt to make sure we didn't miss and sapphires. In case you're wondering, we did miss some - ok, all of them! But, after seeing what Willow was looking for, we found a few ourselves with TONS of encouragement!

I can not express how much I would recommend this place. Friendly (got directions to Granite ghost town). Helpful - weighed our gems for us and gave us the opportunity to decide if we wanted our sapphires turned into jewelry. 10/10 would do again!
Written August 17, 2020
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I am sorry for the late response but thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review! I am so glad you had an enjoyable time visiting here. We do our best to make sure our customers have an enjoyable time. Thanks for letting us know! Sincerely, Anna
Written May 2, 2021
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GPosner8
1 contribution
Jun 2022 • Couples
If you had told me that I’d spend two hours pawing through mounds of wet gravel looking for sapphires I’d have said you were crazy. Until I did just that at Montana Gems in Phillipsburg. On a sunny Tuesday afternoon I walked into Montana Gems thinking I was in for a boring time. Woof! Was I wrong. First of all, the staff are friendly and excited to turn you into a rock hound, which I was not. Secondly, you get to pick out a large sack of mining tailings that you then get to sluice through a sieve in search of gems. As you slosh around and poke through piles members of the staff stop by regularly to help you pick out your precious finds. My review really doesn’t do this place justice. Trust me when I say that if you’re in Montana and if you’re looking for a fun time to spend with friends, family or just by yourself Montana Gems is a must.
Written June 22, 2022
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Beth Z
Oak Harbor, WA2 contributions
May 2020 • Family
This place is amazing! We visited here two years ago and did our first "mining", my husband and I fell in love with this place! We have been back 4 times in the last 2 years! We bring back bags of gems, fossils and saphires to our family here in WA and they love it! We sit around and mine...it is great. Lots of colorful finds for the kids and we got some good saphires for us so far. Thank you Montana Gems.
Written May 24, 2020
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Thank you so much for sharing! We do our best to have something for everyone and an activity like this can really bring the whole family together. We're glad we can be a part of a little family fun! We look forward to seeing you next time! Sincerely, Anna and Gary
Written June 8, 2020
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Joel J
Hayden, ID59 contributions
Jun 2020 • Family
If you're in the area or need a day trip,, go to Montana Gems of Philipsburg! You won't be disappointed. We loved this shop and the fun activity it provided. We got the large Gem Crazy bag and had so much fun discovering huge gem stones and sharks teeth. Our daughters and us had an amazing time. The couple that owns it is so sweet and like family. We will be back!
Written June 5, 2020
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Hey Joel, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review! We are so glad you had a great time and we hope you'll come see us again! Sincerely, Anna & Gary
Written June 8, 2020
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