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What Will You Find When You Gem Mine With Us?

Apr 15, 2015

North Carolina enjoys a rich history of gem mining and prospecting. In the early 1800’s, the nation’s original gold rush took place in North Carolina, after a 12-year-old boy discovered a 17-pound gold nugget in Little Yellow Creek. The rest is history, as the countryside filled with working mines, and the dream of striking it rich took hold of everyone’s imagination. Today, visitors of North Carolina can visit many of these famous mines and gem sites for a chance to capture that same excitement in a bag full of earth.

The Nantahala River Gem Mine is one spot where both travelers and locals meet to enjoy amateur prospecting. Most gemstone material comes from a variety of places including the local area and other mining sites from around the world. At Nantahala River Gem mining, located in the mountains of western North Carolina, gem material from remote areas are brought to the bagging plant and bagged, so that visitors can capture the spirit of mining in a convenient location.

Visitors of this gem mine will enjoy searching gem material for a variety of different gemstones including: rubies, emeralds, sapphires, garnets, topaz, amethyst, citrine, peridot, moonstones, rhodolite, apatite, aquamarine, turquoise, ametrine, Mexican opal, rose quartz, smoky quartz, chrysoprase and more! This western region of North Carolina is famously known for natural deposits of rubies and sapphires.

So, what will you find when you gem mine with us? Bring your haul to one of the site’s operators for a free inspection and evaluation. They can help determine which ones of your stones are best for cutting and finishing. Visitors can place an order with an operator for cut stones based on your finds at the mine.   You can choose a specific shape and size for your finished gemstone. In a few weeks, your finished stone will be mailed to your house so you can have it placed into fine jewelry—a keepsake you’ll love to tell your friends and family about.

Gem mining is easy and enjoyable for the whole family. The beauty of North Carolina is the perfect backdrop for a day spent mining in the mountains. The Nantahala River Gem Mine is close to a wide variety of family-friendly outdoor activities including: Nantahala River Rafting, fly fishing in the Great Smokies, horseback riding, and Nantahala River Gorge Train tours.

Every season visitors are happy to return to Nantahala River Gem Mine for another chance to catch the gem mining spirit while building memories in the mountains of North Carolina with friends and family.


Category: Outdoor Adventures

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