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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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At this mine, you can purchase either buckets of Native soil (with minerals) or buckets of soil... read more

Reviewed 3 November 2017
Connie L
Saint Louis, Missouri
Bring some patience... and gloves

If you want an authentic native gem mining experience, go here. But keep your expectations... read more

Reviewed 2 November 2017
Atlanta, Georgia
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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!
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6961 Upper Burningtown Rd, Franklin, NC 28734-6426
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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

Thank Connie L
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
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
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
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.

Reviewed 27 September 2017

We spent 5 hours digging and sifting dirt in the flumes of the mine. It was a lot less difficult than we thought it would be, as you went at a pace you were comfortable with. Rhonda showed us how to make sure the rocks...More

Thank Fuelman8
Reviewed 21 September 2017

Nice way to spend a few hours in the area. You do have to carry your buckets of dirt a short distance, so you should be fairly fit. They do offer handicap areas and that was vsry cool.

Thank delyn35
Reviewed 30 August 2017

Rhonda and Judie weren't just friendly and knowledgeable, they helped me achieve my goal, and with a 15.5 carat bell-ringer in the process (not to mention numerous 2-4 carat stones as well)! These two ladies were a true answer to prayer, and I am blessed...More

2  Thank kehsgardner
Reviewed 29 August 2017

My wife and I went with our dog it was a nice day out. Their buckets are a great value, digging for Sapphires was a lot of work without much luck. They had nice shady spots to pan at 30 dollars each it is cheap...More

Thank birdwars
Reviewed 23 August 2017

This gem mine is not necessarily for the absolute beginner! My husband loves the "natural dig". It's one fee for as many buckets as you can possibly go through. No guarantees on pretty (or big) stones but the bell rang twice during the four hours...More

1  Thank Penny H
Reviewed 20 August 2017

Google maps took us on a twisted "short cut" with many turns to get there, but there were interesting sights to enjoy on the way. We tried to get there early to get a full day of mining. Upon entering the office/gift shop, we were...More

2  Thank Road_Warrior32034
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