Mason Ruby & Sapphire Mine, Franklin

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  • 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 ...  more »
  • 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, ...  more »
  • 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...  more »
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  • I was there the last week of April. They offer a salted pile for entertaining the kids, but the original mine is not salted. I like non-salted mines. It is safe because the original mine is mined by backhoe & placed into piles for you to safely shovel from. The staff was very helpful in assisting me looking for sapphires. I found five small ones- enough to say I had accomplished my goal but not stones worthy of cutting. I also collected other stones that were not corundum; these non-sapphires are for cutting cabochons back home.
  • We visited mid-July of 2016 and had an awesome time. The staff was very friendly and were ready and willing to help us with all of our questions. Great instruction on how to spot sapphires. Our 3 kids (age range 7-15) had so much fun and are looking forward to going there again on our next family trip! Wear clothes and shoes you won't mind getting wet and dirty!
  • Fun place. You won't strike gold and get rich though
  • The staff was friendly and helpful..it was a lot of fun and will go back again
  • While on vacation, we (myself, husband, 4 children ages 21, 19, 17, 15) took a detour to go to this mine (on our way to Myrtle Beach). First thing to know before you go: 1. To increase your odds of finding a big sapphire, go early and plan on spending the entire day. We were mislead and thought you could only get a bucket, but actually, you can dig and go through as much dirt as you want. 2. Low quality sapphires are the only gems that truly come from this mine. We paid $30 per person to walk to the dirt piles to get our buckets full. This is mining for your own saphhires. 3. The staff was not helpful, though my family did love Charlie (little Yoda). He was there favorite part of the experience and he was the only staff member that was helpful. 4. Don't bother and waste your time looking for small sapphires. Look for the bug ones. I did find a 29.55 K sapphire, but not sure what I'm going to do with it. Not worth much because low quality. 5. Verizon doesn't have coverage out there so we couldn't use Google maps to find our way out. Print or write directions before you go.

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