Experience the joy of mining for Native North Carolina Rubies, Sapphires, Garnet and other gems. The 686 carat Cherokee Princess & the 1,070 carat Cherokee Chief Rubies were mined at our mine in scenic Cowee Valley. You will enhance your knowledge of gems and may even become a Rockhound!
Rubys, Sapphires, Emeralds, Amethest. The Old Cardinal Gem Mine is one of the oldest mines in Franklin, NC. Please come visit US. We would be happy to have you as our guest! You rockhounds can dig all day or half a day. We have native and enriched buckets. Open until dark 7 days a week. Come on over and bring the while family.
Home of the 1061 carat sapphire found at Gold City, featured in PEOPLE WEEKLY, DISNEY ADVENTURES and ROCK & GEM Magazines. Native and Enriched Gemstones buckets. We also have Gold Panning. New and Improved large covered flume for Gem Mining rain or shine.Located on highway 441, 6 miles north of Franklin, NC. Click on website for hours of operation or give us a call at 1-800-713-7767. Free stone inspections.