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Facets of Foscoe

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"Gem" of a place. Great for Families!

We happened to pass this place when we were going to the dollar store and decided to check it out... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Kimberly W
SO much fun for adults and kids

So this was the first time we went gem mining and we were expecting a tourist trap. Couldn’t be... read more

Reviewed 22 July 2018
Maria F
Miami, Florida
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8998 Nc Highway 105 S, Banner Elk, NC 28604-8706
+1 828-963-5928
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We happened to pass this place when we were going to the dollar store and decided to check it out. We went on Saturday and was not very busy. The staff is helpful and seem to enjoy themselves. There are 5 different bucket sizes and...More

Thank Kimberly W
Reviewed 22 July 2018 via mobile

So this was the first time we went gem mining and we were expecting a tourist trap. Couldn’t be farther from the truth. This was SO much fun. We bought the $106 bucket which was filled with sapphires, rubies, citrines, aquamarines, topazes, and even a...More

1  Thank Maria F
Reviewed 22 July 2018 via mobile

We knew going in that we’d likely not find anything exciting. We went for the experience and that was improved by the staff. All employees were friendly and helpful. My kids, you h adult and older teen, bothers enjoyed the thrill of the hunt. Space...More

Thank Jennie H
Reviewed 15 June 2018 via mobile

We love this place! From the great prices, actual gem mining experience, beautiful rare gems and chart which shows what gems you foind, to the jewelry maker next door who is ready to cut and set the stones. Great for families or couples!!!

1  Thank Sara B
Matt L, Manager at Facets of Foscoe, responded to this reviewResponded 16 June 2018

Thank you so much! We love making people smile.

Reviewed 1 June 2018 via mobile

Don’t go!! It was the worst gem mining place ever. It was nothing but a bucket of dirt. The water was so dirty you could not wash what few gems we found. We bought the $53.00 bucket and we finally found a few “gems” in...More

3  Thank Patricia T
Matt L, General Manager at Facets of Foscoe, responded to this reviewResponded 2 June 2018

Patricia, My name is Matt and I am the manager here at the Greater Foscoe Mining Company. Please give me a call at your convenience 828-963-5928. I would like to know more about your experience and see what I can do to make it right.

Reviewed 4 September 2017 via mobile

We have been to several gem mines in the area but this was the worst. I thought it was going to be nice at first but I was so worng. The water level and flow was so bad it made it very difficult to look...More

2  Thank 545Ronald
Reviewed 26 August 2017

Can't say enough great things about this impulse Experience! We stopped on a whim last February to do some gem mining. Yes, it was cold but the staff was super friendly, helpful and KNOWLEDGEABLE! The result being we founds rocks, at least that is what...More

1  Thank dlgallogly
Reviewed 7 August 2017

Let me start by saying the people that work there are awesome. They were pleasant and helpful. Sifting thru the dirt and finding stuff was our first time and we had fun doing it. Now with that being said after we were finished and our...More

Thank dougthomassen
Reviewed 28 July 2017 via mobile

The whole experience was great. Our Twin granddaughters shared a bucket of dirt, from which the found a geode and a number of gemn quality stones. We took them next door to the gymnologist who examined them and made recomendations about what was best to...More

Thank Bill E
Reviewed 25 June 2017

What a great way to spend a rainy morning. Just like miners of old, sitting by running water with a screen-sifter, trying to find your fortune in gems! A really interesting experience

Thank Donna S
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24 June 2016|
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Response from Matt L | Property representative |
Hi. We do offer handicap access. Please let us know when you arrive and we will help you in anyway. Thanks GFMC staff