We are Montanans and went out to Philipsburg for a couple of days of R&R and skiing at Discovery.
We visited 3 gem stores in town. The first two were full of chinese and indian imports selling for ridiculous prices. Hardly any locally made or sourced stuff. The sales people were snooty and not very friendly.
Then we went to Opal Mountain - a very cool husband & wife shop, full of local/regional stuff (gems, ore, and local arts & crafts) and brimming with character. In the summer they have a sluice box out back where you can hunt for your own gemstones.
If you are looking for a real Montana/Philipsburg experience, stay at the Broadway Hotel and visit Opal Mountain. We are already planning on going back this summer to visit the ghost town and go rockhounding, and we will definitely stop in this place again.
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