Ever wonder, “how do you mine for gems and minerals?

Well here at Pisgah Forest Gem Mine, we do most of the hard work for you.  We ship in mining dirt from all over the world and put it into buckets just for you!   We get material from mines in Brazil, Madagascar, India, Morocco and even local mines across the mountain in Franklin, NC.

Our supply comes from what are called “mine tailings.”  These tailings are what is discarded by jewelry and manufacturing miners at the different mines.  They dig the ore, pick out what they want and then pile up what’s left.  Most of our ore is  good to better quality, but sometimes the miners miss real “Gems!”  We see #1  gem quality Amethyst, Ruby, Citrine and Aquamarine every day.  We also see tons of agate, jasper, sodalite and other minerals, fossils and crystal clusters that make outstanding jewelry.

Family fun and lots of gems
Family fun and lots of gems


What are the 2 main differences between mining with us and a “dig your own mine?”  At our mine, you can go home without getting dirty and you are guaranteed a variety of great gems and minerals in your bucket.

To see our mining in action, check out the video above.  Give us a call if you have more questions.   Come mining with us.  It will be one of the best days you have ever had!




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