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Mason's Ruby & Sapphire Mine

Open Now: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Gem or not

Ok small bucket or big , you'll find beautiful gems and stone in the bucket. It was all ready cold... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
runway321
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St. Petersburg, Florida
Fun time and at a good price

This is the only mine in the Franklin area that doesn't enrich their dirt or just sell buckets of... read more

Reviewed September 29, 2018
Annie T
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Arlington, Texas
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Mason's Sapphire Mine is an all-natural, dig your own sapphire mine that has been in operation since 1942 in Franklin NC. We also offer enriched buckets so everyone can find something to love! Masons mine is a safe, fun, and unique experience to add...more
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6961 Upper Burningtown Rd, Franklin, NC 28734-6426
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All reviews porta potties bring gloves gem mining hard work we spent hours wear old clothes salted buckets the real deal rubber gloves running water pack a lunch real mining authentic experience helpful staff long drive franklin area native dirt
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Ok small bucket or big , you'll find beautiful gems and stone in the bucket. It was all ready cold for me but the kids enjoyed it. the flume was where you sift your dirt in cold water. We where there the Saturday after Thanksgiving...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed September 29, 2018

This is the only mine in the Franklin area that doesn't enrich their dirt or just sell buckets of dirt with stones already in it. You go dig your own dirt, bring it to the flumes and pan for sapphires. The staff was super helpful...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Annie T
KevinKlatt, Owner at Mason's Ruby & Sapphire Mine, responded to this reviewResponded October 6, 2018

We are so glad you had a great time! We have a fun and family friendly operation and always like to hear from folks how we are doing. You may not of found a bell ringer this time but I bet if you keep trying...More

Reviewed September 5, 2018

The mine is under new management and has different staff since our visit last year. It is still being run as a native mine so the process remains the same; pay your fee, examine their sample tray to learn what to look for, grab a...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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KevinKlatt, Owner at Mason's Ruby & Sapphire Mine, responded to this reviewResponded September 7, 2018

Thanks for the 5 star review! Im glad to see the staff changes have made the difference. We've done an ovehaul of things at the mine and will continue to so. Tom's good nature and experience is why we brought hime on and I see...More

Reviewed August 31, 2018 via mobile

Came here and the staff was excellent. Showed us not only what to look for but also came over to make sure we didn't miss anything. They knew all the different types of stones found. We didn't find much but we had fun doing it....More

Date of experience: August 2018
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KevinKlatt, Owner at Mason's Ruby & Sapphire Mine, responded to this reviewResponded September 1, 2018

Thanks for your great review! So happy you had fun and understand that when mining at a natural unsalted mine its part luck to find something. Hope you can come back sometime and try again. Maybe you will top your 6.30ct total!

Reviewed August 28, 2018 via mobile

Even though I didn't find big stones, I had a great experience! I got there later in the afternoon, so I only had about an hour to dig my own. Megan was very helpful! I went to another mine in the morning and this one...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Sirena21
Reviewed August 27, 2018

We were staying in Pigeon Forge and made the long drive to Franklin to go to Mason's Ruby and Sapphire Mine. After all of the reviews I read, this seems to be the best fit for either salted and local mining. When we arrived, we...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Luke W
Reviewed August 27, 2018

We LOVE this place. We just went there for 2 days in August. We planned our whole trip to the mountains around going to Mason's Mines. We have done this trip for our Anniversary for 3 or 4 years now. We just took some of...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed August 19, 2018 via mobile

I took my son here, we had a good time. Also the price was right, you pay one price for the whole day.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed August 11, 2018 via mobile

My husband and I wanted to do some gem mining and after some research, decided on Mason’s. The place is off “the beaten path” and is in a beautiful setting. After you grab your buckets, you walk over a pretty stream and pick your spots....More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed August 8, 2018

Being an expeienced rock hounder we knew this was a tourist stop but what the heck. When the support person came to our area and said omg look what you found.. and i said what..where and they wet their finger to pick up a speck...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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KevinKlatt, Owner at Mason's Ruby & Sapphire Mine, responded to this reviewResponded August 13, 2018

We are sorry you were displeased with your experience at Masons Mine. We are the only mine in the region with a 100% natural, native digging area. As an " experienced" rock hounded surely you are aware that 1 of the mines you mentioned enrich...More

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tam818
August 3, 2018|
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Response from KevinKlatt | Property representative |
We are in the process of building a bath house but currently only have portable restroom units and no showers. Sorry if this is an inconvienance. Our goal is to have the bath/restroom facilities up and running by the end of... More
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Mary N
August 2, 2018|
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Yes they do, we used credit cards to pay for our entrance
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