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Mason's Ruby & Sapphire Mine

6961 Upper Burningtown Rd, Franklin, NC 28734-6426
+1 828-369-9742
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Really fun gem mining

We wanted a gem mine where we were guaranteed to find stuff without being too touristy; this was... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Wilmington, North Carolina
Better Prepared Next Time!

We needed a better system, I think. But we still had fun. The staff is very friendly and there is... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Greenwood, South Carolina
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Mason's Sapphire Mine is an all-natural, dig your own sapphire mine that has been in operation since 1942 in Franklin NC. We also offer enriched buckets so everyone can find something to love! Masons mine is a safe, fun, and unique experience to add to your family trip!
  • Excellent74%
  • Very good16%
  • Average4%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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6961 Upper Burningtown Rd, Franklin, NC 28734-6426
+1 828-369-9742
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We wanted a gem mine where we were guaranteed to find stuff without being too touristy; this was perfect. $50 for a 5 gallon bucket full of dirt loaded with semi-precious and precious, uncut stones. Four of us got a bunch of really cool stones....More

1  Thank JohnQ7648GE
Reviewed 1 week ago

We needed a better system, I think. But we still had fun. The staff is very friendly and there is someone to look at the rocks you've washed off while you're at the flume. In that case, then, make sure you have more than one...More

Thank marfita
Reviewed 1 week ago

I found a large ruby while at this mine and my sister in law had a very nice ring made out of it. We love going and digging for gems and have retrieved a lot of different stones but haven't done anything with them as...More

Thank ruthfowler2010
Reviewed 1 week ago

Employees have always been helpful and the kids love it. Children, grand children and great grand children have had a good time over many years. Shop will set findings or purchase from their selection. Bringing home the gems and rocks provide hours of fun with...More

Thank Mary G
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We visited Mason's Ruby & Sapphire Mine on Saturday night to do the UV Ruby hunt, which we had booked several months in advance. Ardell was a great host and provided the info & UV lights (you can borrow them if you don't already own)...More

Thank Rebecca H
Reviewed 20 May 2017

Spent half a day here and enjoyed it very much. Unfortunately the water pump for the sluice had issues so we couldn't finish our day. We were cheerfully refunded our money. Found quite a few small sapphires. Findings were identified for us so we didn't...More

Thank audreysL1046HZ
Reviewed 10 May 2017

For someone who has never mined, I was lost. There were no clear explanations or guidance given. The man at the counter was not very welcoming or hospitable. We paid and were told to wait for someone to come out with our buckets, but no...More

3  Thank teamgalano1
Reviewed 2 May 2017

We have visited this particular mine 2 times now. We love it! The staff is very friendly and knowledgeable. They have everything you need so you don't need to take anything except maybe some gloves (or you can buy those there). We love that we...More

1  Thank Wanda B
Reviewed 1 May 2017 via mobile

Had a great time. Found an almost 6 ct sapphire. Beautiful spot on the creek. Cool for a hot day activity.

Thank Amy S
Reviewed 25 March 2017 via mobile

Great family activity! The staff are super friendly and helpful! My son and I really enjoyed finding our gems!

2  Thank Ginger W
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