Asheville Gem Mine
Asheville Gem Mine
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
Become a treasure hunter right in the heart of downtown Asheville! With the gem mine plus the Rock, fossil and jewelry shop there's something for everyone!
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Inspiration802008
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I was shopping for unusual stones
    This is such a friendly group of people. They know all of their products so well and give great information. I was delighted to visit there several times during June and was treated so well each time. They make a customer feel very welcome and enjoy answering questions. This is a must stop for anyone!
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 2, 2023
  • Caroline’s bday
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Delightful gem mining experience
    Fantastic experience. The staff made the gem mining awesome. We had 5 kids and each left with plenty of stones, gems, fossils. We asked a million questions and the staff answered all of them! Good fun.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 3, 2023
  • Eric
    Perry, Florida3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Customer Service
    Loved the store. So much cool stuff and not your typical vibe. It's really got a little something for everyone. I was going in for my wife but found myself intrigued and picking stuff up and "digging" around. Of course we couldn't leave empty handed. Maddy was a huge help and loaded with info. Sam behind the counter was a pleasure as well. So nice to see customer service as a priority here. Take a minute, walk on over and check this place out.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 11, 2023
  • Jane G
    Charlotte, North Carolina4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic customer service
    We visit this store with our granddaughter every time we come to Asheville. Customer service is consistently good, great selection, and out granddaughter loves the gem mining area. Lily and Matie were so friendly and kind to our granddaughter.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 14, 2023
  • Kyle W
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun for the family!
    Great for families and a lot of fun. I was impressed with the sheer volume of gems/minerals included in the buckets for sifting. The staff was knowledgeable and taught my kids a lot about the geology behind their newfound treasures. You could do the whole thing in under an hour, though we were probably there for 90min.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 15, 2023
  • EK
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great store
    Such a fun store if your kid is into rocks and/or fossils. Really colorful and beautiful displays to look at, and our kid loved the gem mining. The helpful staff even identified all the rocks in his haul for him, shining a black light on the ones that had fluorescence. He was really pleased.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 11, 2023
  • Liz B.
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Outstanding Customer Service
    They have gone above and beyond to provide amazing finds and even more amazing customer service! Even going so far as to ship me an item I wanted to get as a gift even though I live states away. Will be shopping here more in the future.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 18, 2023
  • Lauren M
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth the visit! Thank you Same and Reese!
    My daughter has always been a fan of gem mining and we are so happy we found Asheville Gem Mine. The staff was helpful and knowledgeable. Sam brought out a black light and showed us that some gems glow. Reese took the time to check on us and help us get the proper size bag for our gems. We had a great time and will be back!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 26, 2023
  • OnAir57922383186
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Former Quartz Crystal seller and jeweler from the early 80's loved it!
    Former Quartz Crystal seller and jeweler from the early 80's loved it! No need or look for them on the map, follow your heart to Broadway, remember the “Gems are always bright”, at the Asheville Gem Mine on “Broadway”, For me and my wife Cathie, the Asheville Gem Mine left us feeling bright and smiling. As for me, I just followed the energy. I have visited several stores like this around the country but have never been drawn energetically to any of them like I experienced yesterday. The variety of the Gems, meteorites, crystals even Shungite! They have is fantastic! Having done this for a couple of summers in the 80’s, I know the pricing structure, their prices are very reasonable so we left with a full bag to enhance our 40 plus years of collecting Gems. It’s not just gems, there is history like the Campo del Cielo Meteorite (What I was looking for to add to my small piece of Mars), a working tumbled stone-gem mine inside as part of the history in NC. We met the Online Retail Manager Lily, O’Leary, who helped me look for a “Wolf” totem, they were all out, I guess I’ll be going back! She took the time to search the “Totem” box for me, that’s all I needed to understand why the “Energy” in the store was warm and inviting. When visiting Asheville, soak in all the green trees on the drive, then stop at Broadway for food for the body and the Asheville Gem Mine for your spirit. Thank you, Lily and all the staff, we are already planning our next visit and a longer vacation, see you then.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 20, 2023
  • Angie S
    Saint Louis, Missouri6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mining way fun and inexpensive
    The store had a wide variety of interesting, beautiful, some clever stone and rock items. I paid $15.99 to have fun sifting a small bucket of sand through water and ended up with a quart sized baggie of goodies. They have larger buckets, but was surprised how much I got with the smallest size. I went on an Alaskan cruise recently and considered a gold panning excursion for $159 per person! Instead I chose dog sledding with cuddling puppies, and am so glad because this gem mining was way fun for the cost.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 26, 2023
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Duncan L
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021
What a great shop! Anything you might associate with gems is present in the store. Beautiful stones ( both decorative and spiritual), prehistoric and wild west nick knacks, etc. My favorite part was getting a tour of all the gems with Kimi, one of the employees. Make sure to ask about having the super-flashlight put to the gems. Lets you see all the beautiful details.

If you have kids they'll have a great time sifting for gems in the artificial stream which runs through the store. It'll be sure to start your mini geologist's rock collection off well!
Written February 13, 2021
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Cole G
Flagler Beach, FL3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020 • Family
First, Andrew is not only friendly and knowledgeable, but he is also wants to make sure you have a great experience. We visited with two young children (7 and 2). He made it a such a pleasant and authentic experience. Our kids loved it; he interacted with them and helped them learn about the gems they were finding. And he made sure that each gem they found was a bigger celebration than the last. You can’t find someone with his level of warmth and friendliness in manat places. But you can find it here, with Andrew. He was awesome and our kids will always remember how much fun they had. They also found quite a few ruby’s and other bags of other precious gems.
Written November 22, 2020
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Angie S
Saint Louis, MO6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Friends
The store had a wide variety of interesting, beautiful, some clever stone and rock items. I paid $15.99 to have fun sifting a small bucket of sand through water and ended up with a quart sized baggie of goodies. They have larger buckets, but was surprised how much I got with the smallest size. I went on an Alaskan cruise recently and considered a gold panning excursion for $159 per person! Instead I chose dog sledding with cuddling puppies, and am so glad because this gem mining was way fun for the cost.
Written September 26, 2023
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Harper R
Key West, FL4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020 • Friends
This store is a must-see! The volume and quality of their products is indescribable. Andrew really went above and beyond to help with all of our specific needs and requests. I fully recommend this shop to anyone visiting the area! You won’t be disappointed.
Written November 14, 2020
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Zander Lutz
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021 • Family
I thoroughly enjoyed learning about learning where the gems came from and how gems look after polished. I also enjoyed panning the dirt in search of gems. This place also also had very unique creations utilizing gems such as pink trees with the leaves being a pink gem bounded together by wire.
Written February 14, 2021
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Andie M
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
We loved our time here! My husband and I had a uniquely special interaction with Skwerl who assisted us personally with care with choosing items for our home. The customer service was exemplary. The store experience itself was gorgeous and accessible. We spent far more time in here than we anticipated upon arrival, and it was a major highlight of our entire trip to the area. Thank you Skwerl and safe travels!
Written April 3, 2022
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Elizabeth
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
I loved looking through the beautiful pieces that Asheville Gem Mine had to offer, and everything was very reasonably priced. Nice selection of jewelry too. I also loved the taxidermy specimens on the wall. :) Megan was super nice and helpful - had a great time talking to her. I went home with a beautiful sphere of septarian. :)
Written November 21, 2021
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Jessica S
Akron, NY1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Couples
If you are a gem and crystal enthusiast like myself, or just love to learn about the earth, then this place is for you!!! As soon as you walk in the doors the energy is just amazing in the shop. Elijah, the owner, not only has an extensive selection or crystal, and fossils, but he’s super kind and very knowledgeable. He even showed me what malachite looks like under a microscope. Ask questions, he loves teaching about crystals. I purchased the prospectors dream bucket and found a lot of really nice sized pieces, definitely worth the money. They are from all over the world, not just local, but still worth it. I can not wait to go back again. Definitely gonna get the next level up bucket and one of their stunning rings next time I go back. Hopefully sooner than later, definitely one of the most beautiful and coolest shops I’ve ever been to.
Written July 18, 2022
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sarahannelanier
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022 • Family
I’m so glad i stopped by here on my vacation for my birthday! I got a 65 dollars bucket for the gem mining and got so many cool finds and most were fairly large. I loved the display of all the item in the store, everything was so cute and neatly placed. I also made a friend within the hour and a half i spent in the shop with one of the workers. I was greeted by a younger girl named piper and she was the most kind and wholesome soul i’ve ever met. she was so so sweet and made my entire day with her positive energy. She was very helpful to me and my family and was super knowledgeable about all of the crystals. piper is one of the man reasons i will be coming back here, i will definitely be stopping by the next time i am in town!
Written January 14, 2022
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Nancy S
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
I don't know anything about crystals! Well I used to think I did, when I was a teenager, but I'm almost 50 now and realized I just like colors and shapes. I wanted to buy a gift though for a crystal enthusiast and had an idea of what kind of energy I wanted to buy for her. Lily was so helpful, so sweet. She directed me with several options, explaining the purpose of each so well. She showed my husband and I a few other really unique crystals and stones and I wanted to buy all of it! We left with a tall tower of something that I can't recall, but you can put a light in it and gives energy to your other crystals. Anyway, we flew that thing back to California and then to Arizona, it's final destination. TSA loved it!
Prices range for very budget friendly pieces to a small rock of green jade for hundreds and up. Basically something for everybody.
She was over the moon for her gift!! And we will definitely come back when we return to visit my parents who live there.
Thank you Lily!!
Written December 31, 2022
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