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Gem Mountain Gemstone Mine

13780 North Carolina 226

We'll satisfy your sense of adventure. Come experience the wonder and excitement of prospecting for gemstones in a pleasant and comfortable atmosphere.

Charles and Kay Buchanan, owners and operators of Gem Mountain and Brushy Creek Aquamarine Mine are confident you will treasure the gem hunting experience. Many valuable gems are found each day and we supply all of the necessary equipment. We even have experienced help for novice rockhounds. Gem mining is fun for mom and dad... and kids too!

Covered flumes allow for prospecting rain or shine. Our modern gem washing facilities make it an easy and relaxing way to discover Earth's treasures.


Arrvid Carlson

Friday, Aug. 10, 2018
We visited the open pit mine, $75 a person, bugs, blazing sun and lots of mud but worth every penny. The road there is almost worthy of being labeled a roller coaster. Once at the pit the ground was literally glinting in the sun and you could collect as many pretty rocks, minerals and semi precious gems as you cared to collect. The squeals of delight from the kids with cries of "look at this!" Filled the air. There were truly many wonders to behold. At the end the group returned to the store to rinse off the hoard and have the on site staff sort the gem quality from the merely pretty. Bring spare shoes and clothes and several bags to minimize the detritus brought into the car.

Alan Boger

Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018
You'll get a lot of gems from their buckets. However, their buckets are preloaded, so you're not going to find anything they don't want you to find. Which to an extent is kind of a let down. It only guarantees that you'll find gems. If you just want gems to take home, this place has you covered. If you want gems that haven't been tampered with or you enjoy honest discovery then I would research other gem mines in the area to find the one that's a good fit for what you'd like to experience.

Jeff Martin

Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018
This is the second time coming to Gem Mountain - the first time was 16 years ago. We love this family run business! We will definitely come back again!!

Joshua Edwards

Saturday, July 7, 2018
I always make a point to visit Gem Mountain when I visit western NC. My parents brought me here when i was a kid and it has become an anticipated part of every trip I make to the area. 5/5 would highly recommend. It's hard to ask for more, good service, good time, great memories.

Angela Hunter

Tuesday, July 3, 2018
Great place to visit. Family oriented. When I and my family come into visit,we always stop by it's become a routine. Can't say enough about this place. Our family loves it!

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