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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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Reviewed 1 week ago
Deago A
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Great time!

Spent the whole day here. Miss Judie and Megan were phenomenal! We had never been here before but... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
RMELIFR
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Winnabow, North 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!
  • Excellent73%
  • Very good16%
  • Average4%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
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“black light” (11 reviews)
“bring gloves” (4 reviews)
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6961 Upper Burningtown Rd, Franklin, NC 28734-6426
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+1 828-369-9742
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"gem mining"
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"we spent hours"
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"wear old clothes"
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"salted buckets"
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"the real deal"
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Change of staff they don't know what to do bring back old staff AL ardell Dj charlie fun place to go when the help is good an know what to do an show you how to do it

Thank Deago A
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Spent the whole day here. Miss Judie and Megan were phenomenal! We had never been here before but will definitely be back. Bring your own lunch, bring gloves, and don't wear your good clothes because if you don't get dirty, you aren't doing it right!

1  Thank RMELIFR
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Friendly staff though could use a few more outside to assist with identifying finds. Recommend bringing gloves and old clothes. Definitely had fun and hubby found almost a bell bringer on last bucket of day. Plan on going back next time in area!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had a great time. It's a nice drive out to the mine and when we got there we were greeted and shown around by the friendly staff. We got to work right away and the staff was so helpful teaching us what to look...More

1  Thank Christina H
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Reviewed 16 March 2018

Beware the ides of March. Supposedly open on March 1st, 2018, we arrived on Tuesday, March 14th, the gate was lock with a phone number, called got voice mail, not open until Thursday the 16th. Would love to have checked the place out. Maybe next...More

Thank dions227
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Reviewed 14 December 2017

Great day. Lots of fun. The kids, ages 8 and 5, had a wonderful time. They want to go back. Be prepared to get dirty and ware old clothing as the red clay is difficult to get out. Getting the dirt can be easy or...More

Thank DavidLafko
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Reviewed 3 November 2017

At this mine, you can purchase either buckets of Native soil (with minerals) or buckets of soil salted with minerals from elsewhere. If you choose to look for native sapphires and rubies, you have to walk over to the other side of the creek and...More

1  Thank Connie L
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Reviewed 2 November 2017

If you want an authentic native gem mining experience, go here. But keep your expectations realistic. You are given two buckets. You then go to your choice of two large dirt piles, fill your buckets, and return to the flume to scrub and see what...More

Thank Scarletleaf
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Reviewed 20 October 2017

We visited last sunday and had a great time hauling dirt and sifting for gems. the ladies at the mine were very nice and knew how to help the less learned. If not for these ladies we would have dumped several sapphires out of our...More

Thank woodog11
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Reviewed 13 October 2017 via mobile

I was not so impressed with this mine. Granted, you never know what you are going to get but with four of us and all the times we went back to dig for more dirt, you’d think you would find something since I heard such...More

Thank Leigh P
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masonsmine, Manager at Mason's Ruby & Sapphire Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 16 October 2017

Thank you for sharing your experience. We are sorry to hear that your group didn't find anything. Being that it is a native mine there is never a guarantee of finding stones. We hope in the future you will give the mine another chance.

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