Gem Mountain Sapphire Mine, Philipsburg

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  • Wonderful time. Found lots of sapphire. The staff was very helpful. We sent several Carats to be faceted. I am so anxious to see the results  more »
  • I am so glad I decided to go to Philipsburg, MT. I bought a bucket of gravel and started looking for sapphires at 10:45am and finished looking at 2:15pm. The man that helped me to find the sapphires w...  more »
  • So much fun! Staff is so helpful both during the mining and the evaluation. You will find sapphires. No question. If you are not able, ask the staff to help you. Don't forget to tip the staff.  more »
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  • I took my family here while we were on vacation in Montana. I found the staff quite friendly and willing to help. Although most of the sapphires we found were around 1/2 to 3/4 carat weight, I have seen friends come away with many 2 to 4 carat stones out of a couple buckets of gravel. It's mining/prospecting, in that hobby there is never a guarantee for amount or size, but my family walked away with over 100 ctw worth of corundum (sapphires).
  • Really nice Experience, I got many nice sapphires from it and will make a nice jewelry out of it. I really like the idea for ideas for jewelry. Definitely worth having cut
  • I have been here a few times. Both trips I had a wonderful time. Twice I have had sapphires faceted for me. However, this past order that I placed and just recently received was quite disappointing. For money per stone that a customer pays, you would expect to get what you wanted. That was not the case with the largest stone in my order. I was told that the stone did have a flaw in it, but the flaw was on the outside edge which could easily be cut away when faceting the stone. I had insisted that all stones in my order were "rounds", just like the last order that I had placed. The stone which was originally a 3.17 ct came back and Oval cut weighing in at .90ct. The stone also had a huge crack which looked like air bubbles in the stone, this greatly changes the reflection the stone has. I would not use this stone for any jewelry pieces. I've dealt with customer service for this issue. After multiple back and forth emails they gave me two options, none of which seemed like winners. I am now stuck with a stone that I wouldn't even gift away. Go elsewhere for your sapphire hunting.
  • Lots of fun and the staff are super nice. A 3.16 ct blue sapphire was the first, nicest and only blue one we found of many other clear and greenish ones we found. We did one 2gal bucket of material for 30.00 and left the big blue for heat treatment and cutting. It will take a few months but can't wait to see it finished.
  • Love this place!!! Visit often. Always find lots of great stuff.. gem crazy bags and fossil bags are the best for family's with kids.. Always winners!
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