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Montana Blue Jewel Mine, Helena

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#13 of 33 in Things to do in Helena
Mine · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
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  • The long ride to the mine was worth the journey. Eric was delightful and so helpful. It was a lot of work to screen six 5-gallon buckets, but the setup was nice and open, with shade available. 
    The long ride to the mine was worth the journey. Eric was delightful and so helpful. It was a lot of work to screen six 5-gallon buckets, but the setup was nice and open, with shade available.  more »
  • Friendly and knowledgeable staff! We had a great time looking for treasure and we learned a lot. Bring sunscreen and show up early! 
    Friendly and knowledgeable staff! We had a great time looking for treasure and we learned a lot. Bring sunscreen and show up early!  more »
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  • The best sapphire mining experience in Montana. Sometimes you get lucky and find a clean 8+ carat sapphire, sometimes some that are smaller. You screen the gravel from a pile of dirt which is the same material the mine runs. Your chance of finding a nice gem or two is the same as for the mine owners. I've been here 5 or 6 days of "mining" and always go home with something I can cut. You will also likely find a few garnets. Also note not all of the Blue Jewels sapphires are blue. You will also find pink, yellow, clear and kind of a pale green. They are all pretty!
  • Shame you can only give 5 stars! The guys were super nice, down to Earth and informative. I loved every second of it. They showed me around their operation and we're very helpful. I had troubles making a reservation due to my works hours but they were determined and flexible enough to ensure I made my reservation. Great family experience. Bring water, lots of water, and a big hat. Also be sure to fill up your car before you go. Not required, just bad planning on my part.

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