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“Can't complain about 33 carats of sapphires”

Gem Mountain Sapphire Mine
Ranked #2 of 14 things to do in Philipsburg
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Owner description: Gem Mountain Sapphire Mine and the Montana Sapphire Store - Wash Gravel Find Montana Sapphires. Direct from the Mine: Montana Sapphire Gemstones and Jewelry. Sapphire Mine Open Seasonally: Memorial Weekend to Labor Day weekend. Wednesday through Saturday. Our Gallery is open Year Round, 7 days a week( major holidays excluded) in Beautiful Downtown Philipsburg, MT. Indoor gravel washing, heat treating, faceting, Montana Sapphire Gemstones and Jewelry direct from the mine. Rocks, fossils, crystals and more. We also have Philipsburg clothing and many Made in the USA, Made in Montana, and Made in Philipsburg, MT items.
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Reviewed April 7, 2013

I loved this! The drive from Philipsburg to the sapphire mine was easy and beautiful. Once at the public mining location we were greeted by friendly staff and instructed how to best find sapphires and other gems in the pay dirt there. I found 33 carats of sapphires and a small piece of tiger eye. After 2 buckets of paydirt, we moved on to the next adventure; touring some nearby ghost towns. Do this if you get a chance. You'll always remember it in a good way.

2  Thank Robyn S
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Reviewed March 27, 2013

We loved mining for sapphires! The owners were friendly and we would certainly go back for more lovely gems!

1  Thank LovinMontana
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Reviewed January 23, 2013

I recently went to Gem Mountain Sapphire Town Store with quite a few family members to try our hand at searching for sapphires. Since the actual mine is closed for the season, we had to settle for the store. We 4 bags for which we paid $20 dollars per bag. We were takin to a room where we were shown how to shake the dust off the bag of rocks, and then shown how to wash them and place them properly onton tables where we were then instructed on the proper technique for searching for the sapphires. We found a lot of smaller ones, an some larger ones, most of which had flaws and were not suitable for cutting. However, we did find 6 really good ones, 2 were over 2 carets each. For an added price and a 9 month wait, you can have your good stones cut and prepared for a jewelry setting. One person in our party did this. It is time consuming and tidious, but enjoyable when sharing the experience with others. The people working there were very helpful and friendly. The only negative was you had to stand the whole time, and for those of us with hip, back, and knee issues, stools would have been nice. The other negative was not having adequate lighting. We were told however, that our tables could be moved outdoors since the weather was nice if we preferred, but that would have been a hassle. All in all I think most of us enjoyed the experience. Is it something I would do again, probably not, but that's because it's not really my thing. However, It was really fun getting to experience it this one time. Other members of our party have gone there several times as they totally dig it. Also, for those who would like to buy a bag of rocks to take home and search for sapphires at their own leisure, you can do that as well.

2  Thank Sue L
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Reviewed December 14, 2012

A fun place, a bit spendy on the bags of gravel, but you are on vacation so dig in and have a ball! Folks are wonderful!

1  Thank CathyScholtens
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Reviewed October 30, 2012

We bought a bucket of gravel/dirt & were taught how to rinse & search thru the contents for sapphires. We actually found several nice ones, in fact we are having three of them
prepared so that they can be made in to our choice of settings.

3  Thank Bubbie92
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