Western North Carolina Gem Mines - Listed by County


Western NC Gem Mining

Shining Rock - Shining Rock Wilderness AreaDiamond Hill mine located in South CarolinaSurface Collecting at the Ray Mine
From Left to Right: Shining Rock, Diamond Hill, and The Ray Mica Mine

Cherokee County Gem Mines


Nantahala Gem Mine
715 U.S. Hwy 19, Topton, N.C. 28781
1-800-468-7238
www.carolinaoutfitters.com

Minerals: rubies, emeralds, sapphires, garnets, topaz, amethyst, citrine, peridot, moonstones, rhodolite, apatite, aquamarine, turquoise, ametrine, Mexican opal, rose quartz, smoky quartz, chrysoprase (native, salted)

Haywood County Gem Mines


Sapphire Collected at the Old Pressley Mine
Pressley Mine Sapphire
Blue Ridge Gem Mine
Maggie Valley NC
828-926-5533
www.discovermaggievalley.com
Minerals: various (salted)

Maggie Valley Gem Mine
Maggie Valley, NC
Rockin’ Rock Shop & Photography on the Roll
3894 Soco Rd. 28751
www.maggievalleygemmine.com

Old Pressley Sapphire Mine
Canton, NC
828-648-6320

Minerals: sapphire (white, black, blue, purple), amazonite, mica, zircon (native)

Mitchell County Gem Mines


Blue Ridge Gemstone Mine
McKinney Mine Road, Little Switzerland
828-765-5264
www.brgems.com
Minerals: amethyst, citrine, garnet, ruby, sapphire, emerald, tourmaline, fluorite, kunzite, morganite, aquamarine, opal, topaz (salted)

Crabtree Emerald Mine
Emerald Mine Rd.
828-683-1048
www.wncrocks.com
Minerals: emerald, beryl (green, white, yellow), tourmaline, fluorite (native)

Assorted Mineral Specimens
Various Assorted Crystals
Emerald Village
828-765-6463
www.emeraldvillage.com
Minerals: 60+ different rocks and minerals have been found, including Aquamarine, Emerald, Garnet, Smoky Quartz as well as Uranium and Fluorescent minerals. (native, salted)

Gem Mountain
828-765-6130
www.gemmountain.com
Minerals: Citrine, amethyst, topaz, amazonite, ametrine, quartz, emerald, beryl, aquamarine, rutilated quartz, iolite, fluorite, kyanite, garnet, aventurine, moonstone, sapphire, ruby (salted)

Rio Doce Mine
Highway 226N
828-765-2099
www.riodoce.com
Minerals: ruby, citrine, emerald, aquamarine, rose quartz, rutilated quartz, blue topaz, tourmaline, garnet, amethyst (native, salted)

Spruce Pine Gem and Gold Mine
Intersection of Blue Ridge Parkway and Highway 226
828-765-7981
www.sprucepinegemmine.com

Minerals: ruby, citrine, emerald, aquamarine, rose quartz, rutilated quartz, blue topaz, tourmaline, garnet, amethyst, sodalite, unakite (native, salted)

Macon County Gem Mines


Cherokee Ruby Mine
Franklin, NC
828-524-5684
Minerals: Rubies, Sapphires, Garnets, Moonstones, Rhodolite, Rutile and Sillimanite. (native)

Cowee Mountain Ruby Mine
6771 Sylva Rd., Franklin, NC
828-369-5271
Minerals: Ruby, Garnet (native)

Gem Mine at GemWorld
1884 Georgia Rd. Franklin NC
828-349-5411
www.rokgem.com
Minerals: garnet, ruby, sapphire, topaz, emerald, opal, quartz, smoky quartz, rose quartz, citrine, amethyst, (native, salted)

Amethyst collected from Diamond Hill Mine
Diamond Hill Amethyst
Gold City Gem Mine
9410 Sylva Road, Franklin NC
828-369-3905
www.goldcityamusement.com
Minerals: rubies, sapphires, citrine, gold, silver topaz, garnet, amethyst, emeralds, iolite, tourmaline, ametrine, and peridot. (native, salted)

Jackson Hole Mine
9770 Highlands Rd., Highlands, NC
828-524-5850
www.jacksonholegemmine.com
Minerals: various, (native, salted)

Mason Mountain Mine
5315 Bryson City Rd., and Franklin, NC
828/524-4570
www.tjrocks.org/masonmtnmine.html
Minerals: rhodolite garnets, kyanite, pyrope garnets, and quartz (native, salted)

Mason's Ruby and Sapphire Mine
6945 Upper Burningtown Rd., Franklin NC 28734
828-369-9742
Minerals: ruby, sapphire, rhodolite garnets, kyanite, pyrope garnets, and quartz (native)

Rose Creek Mine
115 Terrace Ridge Dr., Franklin NC
828-349-3774
www.rosecreekmine.com
Minerals: rubies, sapphires, garnets, citrine, amethyst, topaz, quartz (native, salted)

Sheffield Mine
385 Sheffield Farms Rd. Franklin, NC
828-369-8383
www.sheffieldmine.com

Minerals: ruby, sapphire (native).

McDowell County Gem Mines


Heather Grove Gold & Gem Panning
43 Polly Spout Road, Marion, North Carolina 28752
828-738-3573
www.heathergrovegold.com
Minerals: Gold (native), Gemstones (international)

Freya the Rock Hound
A Real Rock Hound!
Lucky Strike Gold Mine
251 Lucky Strike Lane, Marion, NC 28752
828-738-4893
www.luckystrikegoldandgem.com
Minerals: Gold, gems (native, salted)

Thermal City Gold Mine
US 221, south of Marion, NC 28752
828-286-3016
www.huntforgold.com

Minerals: Gold (native)

Watauga County Gem Mines


Foggy Mountain Gem Mine
3452 U.S. Hwy 321 South Blowing Rock, NC 28605
828-265-3099 Minerals: Various (salted)

Greater Foscoe Gem Mining Company
Foscoe, NC
828-963-5928
www.facetsoffoscoe.com
Minerals: Emeralds, Sapphires, Rubies, Topaz, Amethyst, Aquamarine, Citrine, Green Tourmaline (native, salted)

Magic Mountain Mini Golf and Gem Mine
1675 Highway 105, PO Box 2745 Boone, NC
828-265-4653

Minerals: various (salted)

Yancey County Gem Mines


Tourmaline and Mica Collected at the Ray Mine
Ray Mine Tourmaline
Ray Mica Mine
Ray Mine Rd, Yancey Co. US Forest Service. Forest Service collecting rules apply.
Minerals: Beryl (green, white, pink), Amazonite, Aquamarine, Tourmaline (green, black), smoky quartz, garnet, apatite, fluorite, many more. (native only)
Western NC Gem Mining

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