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Sheffield Mine

385 Sheffield Farms Rd, Franklin, NC 28734-1516
+1 828-369-8383
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Gem Mining and Lily Pads

Fun time with our friends ... mining for gems facing a pond with lily pads, flowers, and big... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Aiken, South Carolina
Gem mining

What a wonderful afternoon we had gem mining, also known as playing in the mud! We found lots of... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Nancy M
Tampa, Florida
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Sift through the dirt to find rubies or other minerals.
  • Excellent52%
  • Very good21%
  • Average9%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible11%
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“rainbow buckets” (19 reviews)
“native buckets” (18 reviews)
“carat ruby” (10 reviews)
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385 Sheffield Farms Rd, Franklin, NC 28734-1516
+1 828-369-8383
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Fun time with our friends ... mining for gems facing a pond with lily pads, flowers, and big bullfrogs. People of all ages were there ... grandpartents with grandkids, seniors, parents with children. Everyone seemed to have a good time! People next to us found...More

Thank jidodds
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

What a wonderful afternoon we had gem mining, also known as playing in the mud! We found lots of small rubies, nothing to write home about, but it was immensely fun! Richard was a great guide. Well worth the price

Thank Nancy M
Reviewed 5 September 2017 via mobile

Disappointed after going to a gem mine and campground closed, the Cherroke Gem Mine closed at 2:00p for new guest; we made it to Sheffield Mine which is for sale if you are interested. $600k for a turn key operation with a house. We had...More

Thank Eric B
Reviewed 16 August 2017

This is one of only three mines in Franklin that uses "unsalted" dirt. This means that what you find is 100% from the local ground. However, you will find very little rubies and even less that are cutable. The help had us sifting through every...More

1  Thank Dean R
Reviewed 16 August 2017 via mobile

My husband and I went mining for the first time for are 3rd year wedding anniversary.The people working there are friendly,helpful,also Explained and showed us what to look for befor we got started.The prices wasn't bad.My husband found 19cts all together and I found 20ct....More

1  Thank HappyCouple0814
Reviewed 12 August 2017

This mine has been very productive for me for 17 years. I have found many stones over 30 carats and two over 100 carats. Some have cut into beautiful cabs and I have sold some of them mounted in jewelry. These are lavender to purple...More

3  Thank rockdoctor48
Reviewed 15 July 2017 via mobile

We brought our kids here as our friends recommended it to is. Took us forever to find it and when we finally did, they did not accept credit cards so we had to turn around and get cash. Only reason we returned is bc our...More

Thank Katie C
Reviewed 14 July 2017 via mobile

We went today and had a great time. The guys there were extra helpful and extremely knowledgeable! My 8 and 10 year old started with a native bucket first and then tried a salted rainbow bucket. The adults stuck with the native buckets and one...More

Thank Sarah S
Reviewed 13 July 2017

A true native mining experience when you purchase buckets of dirt from the mine. The mine is knwn for rubies and the men who run the mine are very helpful in helping you identify any rubies you have found. Expect to get dirty so wear...More

Thank minerakl56
Reviewed 10 July 2017

We have been visiting this mine for several years when we visit this area and they are always the friendliest and most knowledgeable in the area. They are always ready to help you with what you have found and let you know if they are...More

Thank Michael D
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