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112 Brenda Jandjel
Location: florida

Sunday 17 May 2015 20:27:16 EDT
Thanks for all the advice posted.
111 Lisa and Matt
Location: Coming Soon

Friday 27 Feb 2015 07:44:33 EST
Greetings Gemhunters!

We are the new owners of Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine.


Ray has told us that he and Mom will stick around for a while to make this a smooth transition, so there will be familiar faces at the mine.

We are keeping Cherokee UNSALTED.

We will be making some physical improvements to the mine. First items are replacing seating boards and painting the buildings. Other improvements will follow.

We are posting this info here at this time because we are transitioning the website key but it isn't done yet.

New pricing is:

$25 admission includes two buckets of paydirt.

$30 Dig-Your-Own 6 buckets.

Last dig your own time is 3PM.

We open on MAY FIRST. If you come on the old opening date, you will have a bad April Fools' Day joke...

Thank you, and see you on May First!
110 gary bennett
Location: indiana

Tuesday 17 Feb 2015 23:45:20 EST
We will be coming down the end of March for spring break. Is there any chance you will be open the last week of March?
109 Eric

Wednesday 4 Feb 2015 15:55:45 EST
6(^)6 , what is the largest stone found there? Do people have much luck?
108 Cheryl C
Location: Chesterfield Va.

Monday 13 Oct 2014 20:06:08 EDT
Had the best time learning from Maria last Thursday (10/9). There were also some fellow M.A.G.M.A. members with great advice to pass on. We had a rain shower to add to the mud fun. Thank you for the wonderful experience!
107 Katie Balut

Monday 8 Sep 2014 10:00:26 EDT
Mom, Tony, and Ray made our vacation the best I have ever had! They not only teach you what to do look for, but also help you double check all of your work to make sure you didn't miss anything. If you do miss something, they are sure to find it and will let you keep it anyway! Our lack of expertise caused us to miss an 8 carat pink sapphire that they found right away :] My boyfriend and I are planning to turn it into an engagement ring so I can keep it with me for the rest of my life. We also found about 15 pieces of garnet, some moonstone, rhodonite and tons of beautiful unknown stones.

The people are amazing company and the atmosphere is sublime. I saw tons of humming birds and colorful butterflies circling around the wooded mountains where we sat by the rushing creek hunting for our gems.

The experience was rewarding, relaxing, fun, and very addicting. I can't wait to go back next year!
106 Kimberley Shaw
Location: Prince George Va

Thursday 4 Sep 2014 08:33:29 EDT
Very nice place. The lady there gave a lovely presentation on the mines available minerals. Best sapphire I found was one someone had dropped where I was sitting. Found 2 others on my own, lots of small pieces of silminite, rutile and garnet chips. The highlight was the large native american spearhead I found. Told you guys I would send pictures to you but you don't have an email to send them to listed. Email me and I will get them to you. Thanks again!
105 Robert Phillips
Location: Pittsburgh Pa.

Thursday 21 Aug 2014 20:29:42 EDT
We had a great time at the mine. Thank you so much to Ray and Maria. You hospitality was wounderful. We found several sapphires and rubies. I will send pictures once they are cut.
104 Walt and Ruth Gleason
Location: Delaware

Saturday 2 Aug 2014 10:43:57 EDT
We had a great time! The owners were very helpful, showing us what to look for. We stayed about 3hrs and even found a couple of garnets. All in all a good time.
103 Helen
Location: Rockport, ME

Thursday 31 Jul 2014 20:24:05 EDT
We had a wonderful time digging in the dirty! Each of us found at least one of the major gemstones possible at the mine to include a 5.9 and a 4.5 sapphire, many garnets, rutile, and siliminite.

We are definitely coming back. 6(^)6
102 Kristina
Location: North Georgia

Tuesday 8 Jul 2014 12:22:07 EDT
Thanks for an awesome time! Good place run by a good family, found some nice sapphires that I can't wait to see how they look cut! 6(^)6
101 The Dalkes
Location: TN

Saturday 5 Jul 2014 23:48:57 EDT
We loved our visit to Cherokee Mine. It was our 20th anniversary & I wanted to 'DIG IN THE DIRT." Well, I found a 53.8 carat star sapphire! What a great anniversary gift! The owners were so nice, very helpful. And they go through your tailings to make sure you haven't overlooked any treasure. We'll definitely be back! 6(^)6
100 Lori and Chris

Tuesday 24 Jun 2014 19:42:16 EDT
Coming down in a few weeks! Great times and wonderful people!
99 Greg C.
Location: United States

Sunday 15 Jun 2014 18:49:31 EDT
My family of 5 and my brother visited last week. We had a GREAT week at Cherokee Ruby Mine. Nice getting to know Ray and Maria better.

We found some really beautiful stuff. My brother found a 43 carat start sapphire that was unbelievably beautiful.

98 Harry
Location: Pennsylvania

Friday 9 May 2014 09:02:26 EDT
6(^)6 We have been there many times over the last years, planning on week of May 18th. Maria is number one in helping, friendly, great lady.
97 Tina Watson
Location: Sevierville tn

Wednesday 30 Apr 2014 14:11:18 EDT
I have been looking at your web site for about 3 months and I think we are getting to come this Friday May 2 2014... I cant wait Im so excited!!!!
96 karen
Location: michigan

Saturday 5 Apr 2014 20:17:44 EDT
I can not express in depth the wonderful experiance i had at the cherokee mines. It was a first time for my son and myself and we loved it. The owner is truely one of the kindest and patient human i have met. I live too far away to come often, but i will be back because of how wonderful our time was at this mine. Found many treasures!
95 Anthony C.
Location: Chicago

Friday 14 Mar 2014 18:45:14 EDT

Great site, looking forward to a visit for my birthday mid July this year. It will be my 50th, and I ambulate via manual wheelchair. Very much looking forward to the experience and possibly finding a large Ruby as it is my birthstone.


94 Suzanne
Location: Ontario Canada

Wednesday 26 Feb 2014 09:06:48 EST
Found your website while looking for things to do to celebrate our 40th anniversary - what better occasion to visit a ruby mine! Will be in the area this coming May.... can't wait to go
93 Jamie
Location: Nicholson, GA

Tuesday 5 Nov 2013 16:39:18 EST
We were there on October 30th, the last customers of the day. Maria, you are an absolutely wonderful lady. You went above and beyond to make sure all our treasures were found. Thanks so much. We truly had a good time. Thanks also for telling us about Bob. The larger garnet was 3.5 carats. He's making that one into a pendant and a couple of the smaller ones will be stud earrings. He'll be mailing them to me in about two weeks.

We hope to come back in the spring. Thanks again for being so gracious and having patience. Jamie and Richie