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Gem Mountain Sapphire Mine, Philipsburg

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Welcome to Gem Mountain Montana. Your direct source of Montana Sapphires, gemstones and jewelry. The sapphire mine is open seasonally from the weekend before Memorial Day to mid-October (weather dependant). The store in Philipsburg is open year-round.
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  • First of all, I did NOT plan on visiting Montana to see such amazing beauty, but the ride to get to Gem Mountain Sapphire Mine is SPECTACULAR!!! The scenery from the eastern part to the west is... 
    First of all, I did NOT plan on visiting Montana to see such amazing beauty, but the ride to get to Gem Mountain Sapphire Mine is SPECTACULAR!!! The scenery from the eastern part to the west is...  more »
  • This was a really fun time for the whole family! We had three adults a 6 and 11 year old and sapphire mining kept us all busy for 3 hours. The people who work there are the key to finding... 
    This was a really fun time for the whole family! We had three adults a 6 and 11 year old and sapphire mining kept us all busy for 3 hours. The people who work there are the key to finding...  more »
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  • We bought two buckets of gravel for $40 each to sort through and found several cuttable stones. Our second bucket had an unusually high amount of sapphires, so be aware that your mileage may vary. They charge reasonable prices and make it straightforward to find sapphires. It was absolutely thrilling to find gemstones. The gravel was raw, muddy, and brown at first, not loaded with polished stones like some tourist destinations do to make people feel special. The way the gravel is sorted by the attendants pushes almost all of the sapphires to the top of the gravel pile when the sieve is flipped onto the table. This makes for a great experience, because multiple sapphires are usually visible before starting the longer part of the hunt. If you'd like your sapphires/garnets cut, they are currently experiencing a one year wait because of how many customers get in line.
  • Had so much fun, Travis was incredibly helpful and has such a great sense of humor!! Thank you for the recommendation of the scenic drive, my husband and I had the best adventure today. Gem Mountain is a must visit!!

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