Crystal Mountain Gem Mine
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
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Brevard, NC's Crystal Mountain Gem Mine brings you the unique experience of engaging in your own Gem Mining adventure! By joining us in our downtown Gem Mine - full of precious gems from private mine shafts around the world - you're able to mine for your own gemstones and try your luck at striking it rich! Just like a real prospector from the 1800's! You get to keep everything you find! Easy access from Hendersonville and Asheville!
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kroper
Anderson, SC16 contributions
Nov 2020
This place is awesome. We are from the upstate of SC and were looking for a fun day trip. My daughters have been begging to go gem mining recently. Crystal Mountain Gem Mining is in downtown Brevard, NC and located right off of main street. You start by buying a bucket of dirt. They have multiple price options and bucket sizes. I thought about going with the family pack which is $99, but the staff member explained that it was probably a larger amount of dirt and gems than my 6 years old could handle. We went with a smaller priced green bucket, which was the perfect size for the 4 of us. We also asked to purchase a gem explanation sheet, and the staff member said for us to just take a picture and save the money. I do appreciate them helping us save money..............most businesses would have been glad to upcharge me to make more money.

Once we got our bucket of dirt, we headed to the water troughs. Each person got a sifter box and a scoop for digging out the dirt. It took us about 45 mins to get through the entire 5 gallon bucket of dirt. My kids were super excited each time they found a new gem or rock.

After we found all of our rocks we took them to a staff member for help identifying them. They took the time to explain to our kids each gem and to point out interesting finds like fossils and a couple of small emeralds. They did a great job of catering to the kids to make this a memorable experience. We even found a geode that they split in half so the girls could see the inside.

I do recommend, wearing older shoes and older clothes. My daughters really got into splashing the water around and digging through the mud.......the front of their shirts got a little dirty from the experience and leaning against the water trough. So put some old clothes on and let your kids dig around in some dirt.

I would highly recommend this place to anyone looking for a fun hour of family time or just want a fun experience. The store itself has a lot of bones, rocks, gems and other fun things to explore as well.
Written December 8, 2020
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So glad you all had a fun time gem mining with us! Thank you so much for the review, we look forward to seeing you all again soon!
Written December 17, 2020
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Scarlett O’Tara
50 contributions
Sep 2020 • Solo
I was traveling on vacation by myself and stopped in here because I love gem stores. Holden was the associate working and I told him I had just bought a gold pan but didn’t know how to use it. After watching him interact with another group of people there, I bought the “mother load” bucket and Holden showed me how to do the bucket but also took the time to show me how to use my gold pan. I was probably here for at least an hour and it was absolutely one of the highlights of my trip. I make jewelry out of gems and stones and will triple or quadruple the amount of money that I spent on the “mother load” bucket. I walked away with three full sandwich bags full of large jams that would’ve cost me at least $10-$15 each to purchase individually. Holden even spotted two sapphires that had dropped on the ground that I thought were just black rocks but when he held them up to the light they were red. I had so much fun here and I will definitely be back and highly recommend to go visit this very cool little store. Even if you’re just looking to buy gems, the prices are almost half of what I would pay at a very similar store in the state that I live in. Thank you Holden!! I had a blast!
Written September 3, 2020
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We are so happy to hear that you had a fun time with us! Sounds like you found some great gemstones while you were here! Thank you so much for the review, we look forward to seeing you again soon!
Written September 5, 2020
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mark m
Columbia, SC6 contributions
Jul 2022 • Couples
What a great experience. Honestly I did not want to do this but got talked into it. But shortly after we started was glad I participated. We found all kinds of cool gems including a large geode that they cracked for us and it was beautiful. Also several very lary ruby and many others. Four adults split the 5 gallon bucket and it was perfect. Liz was great helping us identify the different gems.
Written July 25, 2022
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We are happy to hear that you all had a great time with us! Thank you so much for the review, we look forward to seeing you all again soon!
Written July 29, 2022
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Sarah Montgomery
Balsam Grove, NC3 contributions
Mar 2021 • Family
Came in with 2 active boys who were completely enchanted with the treasure mining all afternoon. Holden was incredibly attentive and friendly and made us all feel welcome. Even during a busy time for the store when he was juggling multiple customers he was engaging and made the kids feel really special. Cannot recommend this spot highly enough. Hopefully you’re lucky and come in when Holden’s there!
Written March 30, 2021
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We are so happy to hear that you and your boys had a fun time with us! Thank you for taking the time to review, we look forward to seeing you again soon!
Written April 1, 2021
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Dan L
Charlotte, NC2 contributions
Feb 2022
We had a great time with our two 7 year old gem miners finding some large and really pretty gems using the flume. Holden was wonderful with the kids and showed them what to do. The best part was when he gave our miners some good advice and helped them pick out geodes and then cracked them open using "Betsy" (I think that was the name of the tool) in front of the kids. Super cool and you should have seen their faces when they saw the crystals inside! We'll be back next time we're in Brevard to increase the size of their gem collection.

Thanks again, Holden. You helped our kids have a great experience!
Written February 24, 2022
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We are stoked to hear you and your kids had such a fun time with us! Thank you so much for the review, we look forward to seeing you all again soon!
Written February 27, 2022
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Marsha F
Madison12 contributions
Jul 2021
Our two granddaughters (ages 3 1/2 and 7 1/2 years old) LOVED the Crystal Mountain Gem Mine. Employees Liz and Allison helped them identify the gemstones and other treasures found in their bucket of dirt. These young ladies even took time to shine their cellphone lights through the Firey Amber Stones. Grandma & Grandpa thought the trip was cool too!
Written July 9, 2021
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So happy to hear that your granddaughters had a fun time gem mining with us! Thank you so much for the review, we look forward to seeing you all again soon!
Written July 11, 2021
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Mountain
Burlison, TN1 contribution
Oct 2020 • Family
We loved this place. Bought the large $65 bucket for our 4 kiddos (ages 10-16) to share. They had the best time unearthing treasures. Holden did such a great job afterwards helping us identify all of the gems they found-rubies, sapphires, emeralds, geodes, etc. Will visit again if we are in the area. Nice, clean. Went on a weekday soon after it opened and it wasn’t crowded.
Written October 15, 2020
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So glad your kids had a fun time gem mining! Sounds like you all found some super cool stuff! Thank you so much for the review, we look forward to seeing you all again soon
Written October 19, 2020
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wildcatsu
Charlotte, NC376 contributions
Oct 2021 • Family
This was a fantastic experience. It was about $75 for a large bucket to share with a local coupon but worth every penny. Kids and adults enjoyed digging, cleaning off and finding the treasures. The man who worked there was very knowledgeable about the gems and rocks and was patient and kind. There is a restroom on site and free parking on the street. Great for a rainy day activity too.
Written October 31, 2021
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So glad to hear you had a great time with us! Thank you so much for the review, we look forward to seeing you all again soon!
Written November 1, 2021
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Ian H
Orlando, FL33 contributions
Sep 2021 • Family
We visited on Friday 9/17 with our kids who are 13 (girl) and 9 (boy). Our guide was Liz and she was fantastic. We followed her recommendation and the kids could not have had more fun sifting through the dirt and finding the copious amounts of gems hidden within. After we were done Liz took the time to go through all the gems with the kids. My daughter, who is into crystals and gems anyway, was completely mesmerized. This is a very fun family experience and a great way to spend some time while in Brevard.
Written September 17, 2021
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We are so happy to hear you and your kids had a fun time Gem Mining with us! Thank you so much for the review, we look forward to seeing you all again soon!
Written September 23, 2021
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Viktoriya M
3 contributions
May 2021 • Family
I’m not the person who leaves reviews, but this Grm mining experience (and the associated store) have truly impressed me! Holden was amazing and all the staff so caring and helpful. My three boys (ages 4, 6, and 9) had so much fun! The store has so many amazing cool things! Definitely best gem mining experience we’ve had so far! (It’s our third or fourth). Thanks, amazing staff! Oh, and for those not familiar with the area- so much else to do and eat in this quaint street! We will be back!
Written May 29, 2021
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So glad we could provide the best gem mining experience for you! Thank you so much for the review, we look forward to seeing you all again soon!
Written June 2, 2021
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  • Sun - Sat 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM