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Sugar Creek Gem Mine, Banner Elk

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  • We stopped at the gem mine after grandfather mountain. Not sure what I expected but I didn't think I'd get a bucket of rocks and sand and then sifted them in water but that's what we did. It was prett...  more »
  • Took the kiddos and had a wonderful, fun time!! We all enjoyed our Gem Finds and the staff was great! Staff was friendly and very helpful and could not have been more pleased with our experience!!  more »
  • The gem mining was ok. Everyone had fun. But, the staff was only helpful when necessary. They did not go out of their way to assist you and were not exceptionally knowledgeable.  more »
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  • The employee s we're very nice and we found alot of stuff
  • The staff was awesome, but we were very disappointed with our gem findings. Compared to other gems and bucket size (5 gal), they were small, very poor quality and VERY sparse.
  • We came near the end of the day and it was just my husband, son and me in the shop. At first, we flinched at the prices for gem mining because the smallest, the 2-gallon bucket, starts at $30ish, but thought, 'Wait, the other place we went, they gave us maybe a quart-sized pale and it was $12'. We got the 2-gallon bucket, the girl led us outside into a real, old train car that had the flowing water setup and as we went along, we found a lot of really nice raw gemstones! The girl went over the gems we found, which included ruby, emerald, amazonite, topaz, toumaline, apatite, sodalite, citrine, garnet, amethyst, a Mexican fire opal, and a lot of different colored quartz. All-in-all, my family had a fantastic time and my son can't wait to go back when we drive up to NC again.
  • Staff was extremely friendly , helpful and knowledgeable. 5 Stars all day long. Good finds too!
  • Don't believe what they tell you very bad experience ! If you find some rocks there don't leave them .

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