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Mason's Ruby & Sapphire Mine

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Mason's Ruby & Sapphire Mine

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6961 Upper Burningtown Rd, Franklin, NC 28734-6426
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bellyjean47 wrote a review Oct 2020
Atlanta, Georgia60 contributions14 helpful votes
What a lovely experience. John was so kind and helpful and helped us have a wonderful time! The kids shared an enhanced bucket, which kept them busy for almost an hour. We didn't allow enough time to do our own dig, but John let us enjoy a sampling of that experience, and we had a little bit of success. Lovely outdoor setting. Highly recommend!
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Scarlett O’Tara wrote a review Sep 2020
45 contributions3 helpful votes
After visiting a different mine that I had a terrible experience with, I tried one last time and ended up here and was SO glad I did! From the moment I walked on property, it was beautiful. There were hummingbirds and butterflies and dragonflies everywhere and the people at the desk and sitting out front were so helpful and friendly. I had no experience in mining or gems, just a real interest in learning, and the folks here are happy to help and teach. You get two buckets and go over a small bridge to the dig sites and can dig anywhere, as deep as you want anywhere in the marked areas. I was there for two hours and found three small sapphires totally 1.6 carats...nothing fancy, but I found them with my own eyes after being shown exactly what to look for, which made it totally worth the experience. I got there later in the day, but if you go early, you can haul buckets down for hours. The buckets are small and easy to carry and the walking distance is not far from where you go through them. There were two associates walking around the whole time assisting people in how to wash and go through the rocks thoroughly and everyone I saw there found something of interest to take home, even if was something small. The experience was perfect, I would definitely go back and dig deeper! You can also camp here or bring food for a picnic, which I would love to do as well. The property is really small and pretty and the customer service was the best I have received at any mine yet. It was not about what I found, it was how helpful they were in teaching me what I was even looking for and the experience of being neck deep in a hole finding my very own gems for the first time! Yay!
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Darryl E wrote a review Jul 2020
Orlando, Florida3 contributions4 helpful votes
Went here after spending a day at a similar mine nearby only because Mason's was one of the few places open on Sunday. Mason's was OK but was completely outclassed by the customer service and friendliness of the staff at Ruby Creek. Mason's was also much more expensive for our family of 3.
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Date of experience: June 2020
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Charles S wrote a review Jun 2020
United States2 contributions2 helpful votes
What a gyp! $74.73 for my wife and I to haul buckets of dirt to sift and find absolutely NOTHING! I felt like the owner was sitting back in the office laughing at the latest sucker's! Avoid this rip-off joint. It's a loooong drive for total disappointment.
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Date of experience: June 2020
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GatorParrotHead wrote a review Jun 2020
Jacksonville, Florida79 contributions19 helpful votes
We've "gemmed" at a couple of the mines in the Franklin area and the staff here is probably the most helpful. You fill your own bucket (unless you buy a salted bucket) so choose wisely. I was filling buckets for my wife and obviously didn't do a very good job as she only found one gem. We decided that the family next to us must have been geologists as they obviously chose a much better area to dig because they quickly found multiple gems in their first unsalted bucket. Still ... it was a fun diversion for a couple of hours and a pretty drive to get there. We'll go back.
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Date of experience: June 2020
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