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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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Incredible experience with great people

Rhonda and Judie weren't just friendly and knowledgeable, they helped me achieve my goal, and with... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
kehsgardner
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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Nice day great buckes

My wife and I went with our dog it was a nice day out. Their buckets are a great value, digging for... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
birdwars
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Sparta, New Jersey
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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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  • Very good16%
  • Average4%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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6961 Upper Burningtown Rd, Franklin, NC 28734-6426
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+1 828-369-9742
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

Thank kehsgardner
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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

Thank Penny H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

Thank Road_Warrior32034
Reviewed 8 August 2017

I've been stopping in Mason's for decades whenever I'm in the area. LOVE THIS! Fun for all ages. You can pan dirt you pick yourself out of a pile from the mine, or pay for buckets of local dirt or that are "enriched" as much...More

Thank AlphaMareWy
Reviewed 5 August 2017 via mobile

$30 for unlimited dirt. Absolutely no instructions or demonstrations were given. We had no idea what we were looking for. The staff were a little rude but warmed up a bit by the time we were leaving. I'd probably never go gem mining again, but...More

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Reviewed 4 August 2017

This was our first time gem searching and we enjoyed the experience. We chose to dig for native rocks. It is wise to wear old clothes and be prepared to dig and get a bit wet. The staff was kind and helpful! It does take...More

Thank humingbird2017
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Reviewed 31 July 2017 via mobile

One staff member was helpful, the owner sat around drunk and was rood. Found 3 carats for about 7 hours and paid lots of money to go home with nearly nothing.More

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masonsmine, Manager at Mason's Ruby & Sapphire Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 1 August 2017

We are also disappointed that you didn't find much. Unfortunately as our signs say on the door and website that we don't guarantee you will find anything at all. That is the nature of mining. We don't salt and enrich the native area. We don't...More

Reviewed 28 July 2017 via mobile

Between 12 of us(7 adults, 2 teenagers and 3 kids) we didn't find any gemstones all day. Granted some of us were native miners but even having a worker check our sifter many times, nothing. One lady there did find a smaller Safire but they...More

2  Thank Gatorjan
masonsmine, Manager at Mason's Ruby & Sapphire Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 1 August 2017

Native mining can be hard. Since we don't guarantee even one stone ,most do if they work hard and dig a lot. You got to try different spots in the piles till you find a place. Last of all wash your dirt very well. There...More

Reviewed 19 July 2017

Visited with my grown son and daughter. We had a great time! Everyone there was helpful, fun, and informative. You WILL get dirty so dress appropriately. Plan on being there awhile as it gets addictive when you begin to find gems! We found a 3+...More

Thank RevRmg
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