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We’re addicted

We visited Bruce’s mine twice this season and had a blast. Rock enthusiasts will get hooked, but... read more

Reviewed September 1, 2018
Dasha H
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Sacramento, California
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Awesome Experience

We had no clue what to do, but Bruce explained the process. It is so interesting, and gives me an... read more

Reviewed July 27, 2018
Pamela C
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Reviewed September 1, 2018 via mobile

We visited Bruce’s mine twice this season and had a blast. Rock enthusiasts will get hooked, but it’s good fun for everyone. This experience is different from the others in MT bc you learn genuine mining. Bruce is a great source of information and awesome stories. Bring snacks and water, you’ll be putting in real work. You walk away satisfied for the day, but with yearning to be back for more.

Thank Dasha H
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Reviewed July 27, 2018

We had no clue what to do, but Bruce explained the process. It is so interesting, and gives me an appreciation as to the mining back in the day. There are gold tailings from the dredging which reminded me of my Sumpter, Oregon. But in Montana, they can mine the gold tailings, and that is where the sapphires lay. Get ready to work, and get pretty danged dusty. Take sun screen as you need to work in the sun in order to see the reflection of the sapphires in the sun. Hopefully you will get some gem quality sapphires. You just never know what will come out of your buckets of gravel. You will learn a great deal, and have fun at the same time. Bruce is a kick. He has a great personality, is a master in knowing minerals as he was raised in that industry. He can tell you anything and everything about the minerals in the ground, and masters a working mine. We also found small fossils which were in the mineral that is heavy and sinks along with the sapphires. Prepare to learn, and enjoy yourselves. If you like mining and discovering various minerals formed millions of years ago, you will have a great time. Hey Bruce, if you read your reviews, we hope to see you in Quartsite this Winter.

Thank Pamela C
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Reviewed July 1, 2018

While a little hard to find, and not a polished touristy experience, the Montana Blue Jewel Mine is a hidden gem for anyone passing through Montana. The owner Bruce is friendly and helpful with a contagious enthusiasm and great sense of humor. The gem hunting is relatively hard work, though nothing too bad. If you can handle shoveling gravel for an hour or two, you'll be fine. Bring snacks, sensible clothing and a some patience, and you'll have a great time.

3  Thank Jens V
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Reviewed June 2, 2018 via mobile

Had a blast with Bruce at his mine today! Had a lot of success!!!! We have been to a few other mines, and this one had a better set up and methods of sorting through the rocks. We will be coming back!!

1  Thank Jake-Natalie C
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Reviewed November 6, 2017

Visited the mine again this summer and was able to find some really great sapphires. As always Bruce was fun to be around and very helpful. Figured I'd better show the rough as well as the finished product. :)

1  Thank Travis B
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Reviewed September 14, 2017

This is a commercial mine; you dig from the same gravel as the owner. Not fake or pre-packaged. You have to put in the time and the work. Bruce was super helpful and enthusiastic. He wanted us to learn about mining and to find good gems. It was hot, dirty and the dust sticks to your sweat, but it was worth it! I ended up with 17 cuttable stones. The largest 7.6 ct; clear and flawless. That went to a MT cutter, the rest overseas. Will post pics when they come back. I'll go back in 2018! Thanks Bruce!

2  Thank bruce g
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Reviewed August 15, 2017 via mobile

We were greeted by John from Arizona. He had the fever for sapphire hunting. We showed up for just a little tour of the operation, and before we new it we were mining. We all found a sapphire or two. A fun day for all of us!

1  Thank Stacyswingingrocks
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Reviewed August 1, 2017

It is a long way there on a gravel road. The lady refused to let us look as we didn't have reservations. We had tried two times, one and two days before, leaving messages on their phone. She said to blame Verizon. We asked if we could buy some bags to take home. She again said no. She turned down $100, why? We wondered if the dig was actually legit. Extremely disappointed and a waste of time for us. We found plenty of decent size sapphires at the Spokane Bar on the lake in Helena, Gem Mountain inPhilipsberg and Montana Gems in Philipsberg.

4  Thank Becky0308
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Reviewed July 7, 2017 via mobile

This is the place to go to find your own gems.
The excitement of the hunt, getting dirty working up a sweat.
Learning about how it is all done seeing the end product and having that sense of achievement.
I would advise lots of water and food. cool clothing along with hard wearing covered toe footwear would be an asset I wore hiking boots. I would take a change of clothing for the trip home.
Bruce ( the owner) was very knowledgeable and friendly will help out when he can as he also had his work mining too.
I would recommend him very highly.

1  Thank Andy B
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Reviewed July 1, 2017 via mobile

We drove to the mine from Great Falls Montana, following the directions online. We didn't realize just how far off the beaten path we would be going, but it was well worth every mile! When we got there we met Bruce the owner of the mine and he gave us a quick idea of what we needed to do and off we went in search of gems and other stones. It wasn't hard work, but it was hot work, I definitely recommend hats and lots of water and sunscreen. Keep in mind you are out of town, way out of town on top of a real working mine. When we part way through our first set of buckets, Bruce came back and showed us around his claim and told us how to spot the gems. We had a great time and even left with a few stones to take home and polish. We also left with several beautiful stones to remember our 4 hours up at the mine. Thank you Bruce for keeping our son wanting to explore "rocks" and look for gems. It truly was an amazing day!

1  Thank Stacy F
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