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Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine

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Address: 41 Cherokee Mine Rd, Franklin, NC 28734-4127
Phone Number: 18283492941
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9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine is Macon County's ONLY 100% Unsalted...

Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine is Macon County's ONLY 100% Unsalted Mine, located in the heart of the Beautiful Cowee Valley of North Carolina's Smoky Mountains.

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Great fun day!

My husband and I were there today. We had a great time! Matt and Lisa were so helpful and informative. We learned a lot and had a great time, it was so much fun! Now I know what... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
ricnami
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

My husband and I were there today. We had a great time! Matt and Lisa were so helpful and informative. We learned a lot and had a great time, it was so much fun! Now I know what to look for when I'm rockhounding!

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Matthew M, Owner at Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! We are glad you enjoyed your day! We want miners to end their day at Cherokee Mine with better gemhunting skills and information than when they arrived, and we are very happy to find that we were successful with your visit. Thank you again, and we look forward to seeing you back on the sluice! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I have never done anything like this before. Matt and Lisa were both very patient with me going through how to identify gems, and help me in my search. Matt actually went thru the classroom part twice for me to clear up my understanding. Thanks for a truely great day! I can't wait to go back to Franklin soon.

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Matthew M, Owner at Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! We are glad to know that you had a successful day! We find that by putting in the effort to educate our miners, they have a more successful and enjoyable day mining. We look forward to seeing you back in Franklin and on the sluice! More 

Ripley, Tennessee
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18 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Matt and Lisa worked with my 9 year old and was very patient. We had a lot of fun. Our party found several sapphires a moonstone a ruby and lots of garnets.

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Matthew M, Owner at Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! We do try our best to work with each miner because we want them to be successful, and because Cherokee Ruby and Sapphire Mine is 100% unsalted, we know this can be challenging. We are happy to hear that you had a fun and successful day, and we look forward to seeing you back on... More 

Farragut, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Matt and Lisa will explain everything and show you how to identify the gems in their raw state. Forget something? They have sunscreen and water on site for sale. Set a few hours aside to take your time. Afraid you'll miss one? They will sift through your stones if you ask them to check your work. A fun time workin... More 

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Matthew M, Owner at Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! You state some important items here. We do try to educate miners so that they can identify gems on their own, but we also want gems to go home, which is why we do the doublecheck of the gravel. Weather is always a factor! The ideal mining conditions (bright sun) do require proper sun protection.... More 

Baltimore
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place was very professionally run and everything was promptly taken care of. The deal was $25 for 2 buckets of prefilled dirt with $5 per each additional bucket. The downsides are that it is in the blazing hot sunshine. The staff notes that it makes it easier to find the stones, but I had no troubles at a mine... More 

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Matthew M, Owner at Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! We are sorry to hear that we did not completely meet your expectations. I will try to address your concerns and hopefully we can entice you back. We know how hot the sunshine can be - that is not a jab, just commiseration. I won't ask which other mine you went to, but if it... More 

Aarhus, Denmark
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We spend almost 4 hours washing dirt and looking for precious stones - and we loved it! As can be read several places, this mine is the real deal: No added gems, so don't expect to find huge amount of precious stones. It was our first experience with mining but the staff was very friendly and gave a great introduction... More 

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Matthew M, Owner at Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! Your points are concise and direct, and underscore the importance of reasonable expectations. Also, we do want to make first-time miners into long-time miners, and the best way we know how is to give them a firm foundation in techniques and gem identification. We look forward to seeing you back on the sluice! More 

Cape Coral, Florida
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106 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were here last year and had a great time. We just visited again and the experience was again, a great one. Mike and Lisa are so knowledgeable and helpful and make sure that you have a good experience. They teach you and show you samples of different types of rocks, explaining structures and characteristics. Mike is also very concerned... More 

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Matthew M, Owner at Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! And thank you for returning! We try to provide miners with an enjoyable experience and also share information which makes them better at mining. And we want the gems to go home with you - not get dumped over the side! So we take the extra step of going through the gravel one more time... More 

Islamorada, Florida
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3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

What a fun day spent sifting through dirt & rocks on a gem quest. In amongst the sapphires, rubies and moonstone that we came across were other cool rocks, some mica and just an amazingly fun time. We rented an umbrella for sun protection, but it's recommended that you sift & view in direct sunlight for best viewing. So make... More 

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Matthew M, Owner at Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! You bring up several important points, especially about the importance of light for gem identification, and the challenge of balancing that with personal comfort. Nobody said that mining was easy! While we do have water, soda, and basic snacks available, we do recommend that miners bring their own beverages, snacks, or even lunch, if you... More 

Fort Myers, Florida
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95 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Our annual trip to this gem search attraction. As always, Mike and Lisa provide a day of geologic education, smiles, help, making this outing more than one expects. We don't come here to get rich or to find poor quality gems from overseas seeded in a bucket. We come here because it is exactly the opposite. When we find a... More 

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Matthew M, Owner at Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! And thank you for coming back! We do try to make the Cherokee Mine experience a personal and welcoming experience. As Macon County's only 100% unsalted mine, we can't guarantee that every miner will go home with every gem - or any gem - but we can guarantee that what you find is all from... More 

Nashville, Tennessee
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Just got back from a day at the Cherokee Ruby Mine with my entire family. It was GREAT! Kids (two boys 10,11) loved all the sluing. We found just about every type of gem including thee nice Sapphires. This is a true mining experience with live sluice box, fresh dirt from the mine – NOT salted! (if you are going... More 

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Matthew M, Owner at Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! We are all very happy that you enjoyed your day. your review covers just about every important point we could hope to make! I will add that sun protection (sunscreen, wide-brimmed hat, and appropriate clothing) are a good idea as well. We look forward to seeing you back on the sluice! More 

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