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Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine

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Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine

208 Reviews
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41 Cherokee Mine Rd, Franklin, NC 28734-4127
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We have never been gem mining before, always wanted to do something like this. Everyone from the lady at the office to the people working with us at the water trough were super helpful. We found a couple of garnets, and Lisa found some sapphires an moonstones that we missed
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Response from Matthew M, Owner at Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine
Responded Nov 12, 2019
Thank you for your review! All of us work hard to ensure the best possible circumstances for new miners to have a successful day. We are always happy to hear that "newbies" enjoyed their day at Cherokee Mine. We look forward to seeing you back on the sluice!
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Loved this adventure! The staff is super knowledgeable and a lot of fun! It’s pretty rustic but what do you expect for digging in dirt. We had an amazing time.
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Response from Matthew M, Owner at Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine
Responded Nov 12, 2019
Thank you for your review! We are all glad you enjoyed your adventure, and we also hope that your restaurant explorations were successful as well. We look forward to seeing you back on the sluice - and let us know how the other adventures worked out!
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Looking for treasures is always fun, but Matt and Lisa looking at our discarded rocks was a great feature. Before we threw them away, they double checked them to make sure we hadn't missed anything. That gave me the peace-of-mind to move a little quicker and go through more
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Response from Matthew M, Owner at Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine
Responded Nov 12, 2019
Thank you for your review! We are happy to know that our efforts on the line give miners peace of mind - we know that unsalted mining is hard enough to begin with, and we do not want miners to throw anything away that they should go home with. We look forward to seeing you back on the sluice!
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First of all, the mine is unsalted, which means that they don’t tamper with the dirt coming from the mining site. And second, they help you with every step when you are unsure about your sifting. Lisa, her husband and mother-in-law were all so patient with my first mining
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Response from Matthew M, Owner at Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine
Responded Oct 3, 2019
Thank you for your review! Thank you for noting these important points: The ore is unsalted, so whatever you find is truly from our on-site excavation, and not from some other locale; we all work very hard to make mining at Cherokee user-friendly to miners of all skill levels, especially first-timers. Always ask questions! And we can only imagine how big your pup will be by next year . . . We look forward to seeing you back on the sluice!
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I didn't think mining for gems would be as fun as it is. The last time I was here I was pleasantly surprised how much fun it is to look for gems in my bucket because I had really come to see the eclipse. I am not a gambler usually but the excitement of maybe finding a large gem
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Response from Matthew M, Owner at Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine
Responded Oct 3, 2019
Thank you for your review! The Eclipse was quite a day - we are glad you also took time to enjoy the gem mining, too. We all try our best to make the mining experience at Cherokee Mine both fun AND educational. We look forward to seeing you - and the grandchildren - on the sluice!
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