Smoky Mountain Gold and Ruby Mine, Cherokee

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  • The 'to-go' box of gems is a box of dirt. Totally not worth $1 let alone what we paid. Maybe they give the worthless boxes as folks won't know there is zippo in it until they are hundreds of miles awa...  more »
  • My friends and I had a great time sifting thru the buckets we picked and when we took anything we thought were gems the lady in the shop was delightful, we had several pieces made in jewelry, my one f...  more »
  • My husband wasnt to keen on going It was something i really wanted to do. He ended up having a blast. We had alot of fun. You can even buy bags to bring home and sort through.. great souvinier ideas.  more »
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  • You don't actually do your own mining. You purchase a bucket to sift through. They are helpful in showing you what to look for, and you do keep your gems. The guys inside that looked at ours, weren't pushy at all, and full of information about the stones.
  • My boyfriend and I went to Gatlinburg for his birthday in Feb. We stumbled across this fun little place and decided to see what we could find. We opted for the larger $35 bucket and had a great time sifting through the dirt and picking out the stones. We found a ton of little stones, and some large, impressive stones too. My favorite color is blue, so we chose a blue topaz to have cut. This past weekend my boyfriend proposed with the stone! I will always remember this experience!
  • I enjoyed mining for emrealds and rubies!! Then, I had a stone cut here and wasn't happy with it. I was advised to use an emerald that I thought was sup-par and it didn't end up looking clear. We had had it shipped to us so I was worried they wouldn't be as motivated to fix the problem over the phone. We called Linda and she was very friendly and offered to have it re-cut with the emerald I had originally wanted to use. I shipped the stone back and they recut the emerald and cut one of my topaz stones for FREE because of the hassle I had to go through. I am very happy with my purchase. Thank you so much!!
  • Nice place. Friendly staff. The gem finding was fun I mean the water was cold but still fun. The guy there was nice and when we asked him about the gold mining he said that it was hard and worthless to do. I mean he did try to make more money off us he gave the truth.
  • This is a fun time for the kids. My family brought my son and nephews here while visiting the area. The kids had a good time finding and later trying to identify the types of rocks they found.