Rio Doce Gem Mine, Spruce Pine

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Gift & Specialty Shop · Hidden Gem · Mine
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  • What a fun and rewarding experience. Not only did I learn how to facet a gem, but I left with a beautiful, 14mm (huge) brilliant cut round quartz stone that I actually cut and polished myself! I... 
    What a fun and rewarding experience. Not only did I learn how to facet a gem, but I left with a beautiful, 14mm (huge) brilliant cut round quartz stone that I actually cut and polished myself! I...  more »
  • We had an amazing experience and found absolutely beautiful stones! Both Bob and Elaine are extremely knowledgeable and provide you with honest opinions on which stone are the best for cutting and... 
    We had an amazing experience and found absolutely beautiful stones! Both Bob and Elaine are extremely knowledgeable and provide you with honest opinions on which stone are the best for cutting and...  more »
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  • My daughter had the opportunity to do some gem mining from this location several years ago. She saved her gems and finally decided to get a few pieces made. The staff are exceptionally helpful especially since we did the whole transaction over FaceTime… from picking the stones from her collection, to the size, style and ring setting. Elaine and her husband aim to please and have gone over and beyond to make everything perfect! Highly recommend them for a beautiful experience.
  • Happened upon this little gem of a shop in the Spruce Pine area when I was taking my niece out to find some fun on one of her visits. I’ve been back a couple times since- my sister even started going too! Great variety of rough gemstones in the buckets. Flume areas are outside but covered, and there is plenty of seating. They provide everything you need with purchase of buckets. They have a great little shop as well- everyone has always been super kind and knowledgeable and they always take the time to try and teach you about your finds.

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