Amethyst Mine Panorama, Shuniah
Categories: Tourist Spots, Mines
Explore the largest amethyst deposit in the whole of North America and collect your own at Amethyst Mine Panorama. Discovered in 1955, this still-active quarry continues to produce the rare violet quartz. Take part in a guided tour, which educates you about amethyst's properties and significance to the area, and then gives you the chance to mine your own. Head to the gift shop to find some extra amethyst-related mementos of your time here. Arrange to visit Amethyst Mine Panorama and other attractions in Shuniah using our Shuniah itinerary planner.
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The first thing they made us do was a tour. It cost something like $6-8$. The tour is rather short . Then they turn you loose on their pile of rocks. The cynically part of me wonders if they pick out ... read more »
My husband and I were a little disappointed with not being able to hammer and chisel on the leftover rubble. Don't bother with taking the tools to this mine you can only shuffle through the loose stuf... read more »
We took a drive out to the Amethyst Mine last week so we could pick our own pieces of amethyst up. It was fun and interesting to see all the different shapes and sizes that were available.
Utterly fantastic experience. Great tour, and "mining" for amethysts was as easy as picking them up off the amethyst littered ground. Stop at the scenic hill for a great selfie opportunity.
My girlfriend & I visited here a few more than ago. I thought the staff was very friendly and informative. It was impressive to see the variety of gemstones dug out of the mine, as well as the crafts made by local artisans. You can buy rough stones by the pound, or polished pieces in their shop. Probably the worst part was the dirt road out to the mine, but it wasn't terrible. I thought it was a fun experience; I'd go again.
We had a fun experience digging for our own piece of Amethyst. The tour by the owner was informative but not necessary to enjoy the mine. The gift-shop had Amethyst ornaments and jewelry for all budgets. This is a good place to bring family and kids. The drive is interesting as you drive up a steep dirt road for the last 30 mins to mine entrance.
My wife and I stopped at this mine today. We walked into a nice gift shop and were greeted by very friendly staff. We had just paid our admission when an older gentleman (we later learned that this was the owner) asked me what I did for a living. I work with computers, and this excited the man a lot. He told me that he "wanted to give me a job" and then handed me the debit machine, which he was having trouble setting up. I helped for about 15 minutes, doing basically what I might do at work. During this time the owner was nice (if somewhat demanding) to my wife and I, but we both noticed that he was rude and curt with the two staff present. Afterwards, one of the staff went to ask the owner if they could refund us our admission as payment for the help, and we saw the owner take her aside and get overly upset at her for the suggestion. We had been planning on buying some souvenirs, but couldn't bring ourselves to do so after such a display - if this is how the owner treats the staff when there are customers watching, we can't imagine what must happen behind the scenes. He wasn't that great to us either, getting me to essentially work for 15 minutes without compensation, but by far it was the rudeness and clearly awful work environment that he created that spoiled our time at the mine.
Very unpleasant people. Road to get there is long and dangerous. Greedy owner. I d go somewhere else
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