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Gem Mining

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Gem Mining

I will be in the Smokies the first week of April '08. Was wondering where to find the best gem mine. Would like to actually go in a mine and get the dirt/rock. Not sure if it is actually done like that - any info would be helpful..


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1. Re: Gem Mining

We have done a couple in Franklin with real dirt and rocks from the mountain. If you have kids you can go the Gold Mine there in Cherokee and get the salted stuff with a mix of native and nonnative gems. People routinely dig nice ruby and saphires out of the native mines in Franklin. My sister is really into this and I wish I could tell you exactly where we went. I live here and I would suggest looking up gem mines in Franklin on the web.

Kids do not really care if it is native or not, at least mine do not.

Enjoy your trip to the Smokies.

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