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We had a great time sifting through the dirt in search of gems! The kids loved it so much! There was a little shop that was able to place your finds in products, but they were closed when we went, I t... more »
We drove back excited to mine for gemstones and Noone eas there but a doggie in a building and a few feral cats..called the # man said that we had to call ahead this time of year if we wanted access. ... more »
Had a wonderful time. Enjoyed our treasure hunt. Call ahead and Be sure to follow the directions to location. I would love to go again. more »
Jo Ann Savage
My husband and I took a weekend and went down to Beckley. I called ahead to Someplace Special Gem Mine to see if they was going to be open on the weekend we had planned. So, when we got there we bought buckets of dirt. Sifted through them and found many gems. One in which I had shaped into a tear drop and made into a ring. Very BEAUTIFUL WORK! We had a Wonderful time. Thanks again! Hope to go back sometime..
We drove 3 hours to be there only to find that it was a big sand with raw gem stones the owns spread in there. We paid 10 bucks to fill a bucket with sand (without being able to pick in the sand box, but have to make full shovel every time, according to their rules); then you sit and wash off the sand and get some raw gem stone (stones that worth 20 dollars per 3 pounds, according to Amazon). We were there because of completely misleading introduction and adversities from the website. This is NOT a mine or adventure-type of digging. This is only for kids to hang out and be happy with the pre-put gem stones. Do not go if you are expecting a real digging in a real mine/river. See photos I took for the "sand box" I mentioned; Ps, the staff was nice and friendly.
I really enjoyed my time here. It was really fun. My boyfriend and I thought at first it may be fun for us. Be we really enjoyed! The guy who runs it is very nice!!
My 4 and 3 year old LOVED IT! Farmer Joe was not only knowledgeable, but very friendly and great with my kids. We got 2 buckets and found tons of beautiful gems! We'll be back in the summer and could easily send all day here!
Hard place to find; no signs until you get there. There is a gate you must open along the gravel road to get there. Once there, the people are very friendly. Not an actual gem mine. They have a pile of "salted" (gems/rocks added) dirt that you shovel yourself into 2.5 gallon buckets. You sluice the dirt in their sluiceway to find a variety of gems/rocks. One girl found a faceted pink stone (maybe quartz) about the size of your fist. So, this was obviously added. I have been to other gem bucket sluice sites and this one is the cheapest for all you get - $10/bucket. I spent $200 and got 30 buckets (10 free) and picked up around 1.5 gallons of rocks/gems. Lots of quartz, but also some interesting other rocks too. Lots of small garnets (save your small gravel and search through this). They have a person there to cab ($20+) or rough polish ($5) your finds. Staff was fairly knowledgeable, but one guy didn't know the difference between Tiger's Eye and Petrified wood. Overall, not a bad way to spend a day.
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