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What a Gem!

My job recently landed me in Spruce Pine, NC for a week. There are several places that offer... read more

Reviewed October 15, 2019
jen474747
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Cary, North Carolina
So Much Fun!

Employees were helpful and also discussed our findings with us! We came away with some great gems... read more

Reviewed October 13, 2019
riff2018
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Bailey, North Carolina
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Gem Mine we have the finest buckets of Gem material available for you to hunt through, in the safety and comfort of our flume line. Your stone will be turned into jewelry by expert cutters Bob/Elaine in house. We Offer a Lapidary School for those...more
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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14622 Highway 226 S, Spruce Pine, NC 28777-6397
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Reviewed October 15, 2019

My job recently landed me in Spruce Pine, NC for a week. There are several places that offer gemstone mining in the area, something I’ve always found enjoyable. I selected the Rio Doce Gem Mine and it was a blast! After having such good luck...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed October 13, 2019

Employees were helpful and also discussed our findings with us! We came away with some great gems. The costs of cutting and setting seemed reasonable.

Date of experience: October 2019
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Reviewed September 6, 2019 via mobile

I can’t say enough good things about this roadside mine. We were traveling the Blue Ridge Parkway and it was really foggy. I had read about other roadside mines and was hesitant to stop at this one. However, a backseat antsy two year old who...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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ElaineJ895, Owner at Rio Doce Gem Mine, responded to this reviewResponded September 10, 2019

Thank you for visiting with us . We like to think we offer value for the money. And a fun time for all. So glad the little one is still enjoying her rocks.😍

Reviewed August 4, 2019

We visited here again for a short while. They were busy and we didn't tarry too long; they were also staffing the gem show tent along with keeping the store open. Bob and Elaine are always welcoming and eager to share their knowledge about gemstones...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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ElaineJ895, Owner at Rio Doce Gem Mine, responded to this reviewResponded August 20, 2019

Thanks Roger always glad to see you and Rose.

Reviewed August 3, 2019

Husband and I had a mid week getaway and this place was the most fun! It was cloudy so it was quiet that day and we had a blast goofing off together and finding treasures for our house. Can’t wait to see the stones we...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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ElaineJ895, Owner at Rio Doce Gem Mine, responded to this reviewResponded September 10, 2019

Thank you for visiting with us. Cloudy days are great for mining. Check out Pinterest for ideas on using your extra rocks for decorating.

Reviewed July 19, 2019

Took the faceting class with Elaine. Had such a fun time time with her. She is a fantastic instructor/teacher. I will be returning to take the cabochon class with Bob!!!! Anyone wanting to learn, I strongly recommend them.

Date of experience: July 2019
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ElaineJ895, Owner at Rio Doce Gem Mine, responded to this reviewResponded August 20, 2019

Thanks Carla I enjoyed teaching you. It was a good day. See you when you come back to take the Cabochon class with Bob.

Reviewed March 21, 2019

Visited with my son and found this place to be very clean and a pleasant atmosphere. They have a gem shop inside with gem classes to boot. We had the opportunity to meet Sarah who just made our visit that much more pleasant with her...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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ElaineJ895, Owner at Rio Doce Gem Mine, responded to this reviewResponded March 22, 2019

Thank you for stopping in to visit with us. When you come back to see us again call in advance and schedule a day class and cut a stone.

Reviewed March 19, 2019

I will be returning back to Rio DoceGem Mine In the spring. I hope to start another project with Bob.Rio Doce Is All About Quality, not quantity. This is a first class operation. Do Not Miss Out.

Date of experience: June 2018
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ElaineJ895, Owner at Rio Doce Gem Mine, responded to this reviewResponded March 22, 2019

Enjoyed our last project the emerald turned out great a real show stopper. Looking forward to starting the next one. Bob

Reviewed October 31, 2018 via mobile

We had so much fun. We found a large variety of semi precious stones; tiger eye, rose quartz, citrine, Mexican opal, red jasper and many others

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed October 9, 2018

Yes, It maybe a small building but it has amazing items inside. The staff is almost like family ,they are all top level professionals in their field.I am now the proud owner of one of the largest crabtree emerald pendants around.If you are in this...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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ElaineJ895, Manager at Rio Doce Gem Mine, responded to this reviewResponded October 11, 2018

Thanks Guy, glad u like your pendant. Very eye catching.

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