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We have a variety of gem buckets available; we offer safe, archeological style digging for emeralds, a tour of the history of mining in this region, gold panning, and our gem shop/museum.
Has been in the mining business since the 1930s when Larry's dad used to hang from the cliffs at the McKinney Mine to drill holes for dynamite and since 1966, when my deceased husband was hired by Bill Collins as a consultant at the Crabtree Emerald Mine, collapsed and flooded since 1990, but once owned by Tiffany & Co.
Glenn & Donna Pace of Macedonia, Ohio, found a giant emerald crystal on one of their trips to mine with us.
This young couple from Chicago found a giant Ruby while mining with us.
Another Giant Ruby
Mrs. Barton from Atlanta also found a giant Ruby on a trip to mine with us.
A customer from Charlotte, NC, who travels all over the world, had this exquisite piece created from 3 emeralds she gave us to cut.
One of a Kind Star Ruby
This ruby was given to us in May 2008 to cut by Bob Jolley of Burnsville, NC
The finished stone weighs 210.87 cts. (measuring 47 x 31 1/2mm.). It is set in a mounting, custom made by Rings 'n Things, and is surrounded by four faceted rubies he found while mining with us.