The North Carolina Gemstone Mine
One of the most exciting aspects about Emerald Village is the
opportunity to prospect for gems and keep what you
find. The special thing that sets Emerald Village
apart from all the other “gem mines” is that we do
it in real mines that have produced a variety of
gems and minerals. Our North Carolina Gemstone Mine
is located in the awesome Big Deal Mine, an
impressive historic underground mine that produced a
variety of gems and minerals. These mines are closed now but provide a spectacular backdrop!
Gemstone Mine is all about having fun in a
comfortable, spectacular setting. We have two long
covered flumes that run with cold mountain water.
Mine for gems regardless of what the weather does.
Our staff will explain the various gem buckets
available and how to search for gems. We’ll help you
identify what you find and our trained professionals
will take your order to cut and polish your special
finds and make them into attractive jewelry. What a
great memento of your visit!
No reservations are necessary at our Gemstone Mine
and we provide the equipment. Wear comfortable
clothes but we’ve done the dirty work by providing
buckets of gem-bearing materials to search through.
All our buckets (except the Native Bucket) contain ore mined from local mines, along with rough gems added from other mines so we
can guarantee “A Gem Find Every Time!” The mixed
buckets contain up to 25 different mixed varieties
of gems including Amazonite, Amethyst, Aventurine,
Aquamarine, Carnelian Agate, Citrine, Emerald,
Fluorite, Garnet, Kyanite, Moonstone, Red Jasper,
Rose Quartz, Ruby, Sapphire, Smoky Quartz, Sodalite,
Topaz, Tourmaline, Unakite, and others.
GEM BUCKETS AVAILABLE AT THE
(To order gem buckets by mail visit our
|1. KID’S BUCKET!
1 gallon bucket with mixed gemstones!
|2. SAMPLER BUCKET!
2 gallon bucket with more and larger stones!
|3. GEMSTONE MIX!
3 gallon bucket, even bigger and better!
|4. THE MINE BOSS BUCKET! (+ get a stone cut for half-price!)
4 gallon bucket with some special finds!
|5. STAKE YOUR CLAIM! (+ get 1 stone cut for FREE!)
5 gallon bucket super-concentrated gemstone mix!
|6. THE BIG DEAL! (+ get 2 stones cut for FREE!)
10 gallon barrel of our best rich gemstone mix!
|7. THE BIG BONANZA! (+ get 3 stones cut for FREE!)
20 gallon barrel of FUN! The ultimate gem & mineral mix!
||THE NATIVE BUCKET!
|Rough local rock with Emeralds added from other
mines . (Emeralds only; very few other gems.)
2 gallon bucket—$15.00
4 gallon bucket—$25.00
Dug from the McKinney Mine dumps.
Nothing added, nothing removed!
Contains local minerals and lots of Mica!
(Gems are not guaranteed and are scarce.)
If you have any questions please contact us at
email us, or use our
online request form.