A place regardless of age where you can simply let go, have fun and be yourself!
Come visit our Gem Images Jewelry Shop and be dazzled by our beautiful Faceted Gems like... Pink Green and Watermelon Tourmalines so luscious with colors.
For the Ultimate Thrill in Gemstone Mining
Experience the thrill of not only finding those precious rough uncut gems, but being in total control on how you would like your stones to be cut! Faceted Emerald Cuts Faceted Ovals Faceted Rounds Faceted Teardrops Here is just a few out of many diffrent types of cuts we can create for you!
We will show you samples of stones faceted from the same type of rough gemstones you find and how to create valuable jewelry out of them.
We started our family business in 1966 in Western North Carolina near spruce pine by working to install a railcar system for emerald removal in the local mine; formerly owned by Tiffany & Co. Jewelers.
Came these beautiful Emerald crystals and Garnets mixed with Biotite and Muskovite Mica and Feldspar.
Luscious dark green specimens and gem rough were mined. Then our family started selling facet rough to people who wanted to cut their own gems across the United States of America.
Our locally mined from western north carolina dirt is enhanced with more gemstones so that you are certain to find your own gems.
We also offer Real Gold Panning...Strike it Rich again and again. while having the time of your life at a new and exciting place which is called
Gem Mining at its Best!
We specialize in many diffrent types of gemstone cutting. Whether you find it here or somewhere else, there is no charge in grading your material. Our lapidary experts have many years of experience.
We are established as having the lowest prices in the area for gemstone cutting.
We will use our years of experience to help you design the jewelry you desire.
See samples of jewelry made from gemstones like the ones you can find in our mine. Also see our top quality "One of a Kind" designer jewelry.
Here are just some of the Many Beautiful Gemstones you can find here!
Pink,Green and Blue Tourmaline
Plus many many more.
Want to do some Real Digging?
Coming this Spring In conjunction with Franks Mine Tours Gemshop Real Mining at its Best!
The Emerald Mine will be launching a new an exciting event at our location. We will haul local Mine Muck from various local area mines to our mines at The Emerald Mine location. No Pits or unsafe Caves! This fun for all mining will be offered for all our customers who want to participate in actual digging, at a safe and supervised location using spades and trowels with our Qualified Gem Mining Experts supervising each dig and answering your questions. We will supply all the tools and safety gear you need for an exciting mining adventure. Plus every gemstone you find is yours to keep! This will be an everyday event that you wont want to miss! All participants will be required to sign liability waivers prior to digging.
The Emerald Mine
is located just off The Blue Ridge Parkway in Little Switzerland, North Carolina in Mitchell County close to Spruce Pine, on Mckinney Mine Road, very close to resorts like Emerald Village, Gem Mountain, Rio doce Jerry Call Inc, and Spruce Pine Gem and Gold Mine.
Come to the place where true southern hospitality still exsists...
and unlike the bigger places...
Come to the Emerald Mine of Little Switzerland and simply let yourself go...and be yourself.
Open Year Round
2004 SEASON SCHEDULE:
Spring-Summer Schedule March 15-August 15
Daily 9AM to 5PM.
Fall Schedule August 16-October 31
Daily (and Labor Day Monday, Sept. 6th) 9AM to 6PM.
Winter Schedule Nov 1-March 15 Weather Permitting.
Friday-Saturday 10AM to 4PM.
Sunday- 1PM to 5PM.
Winter Schedule Days Subject To Change.
For School or Group Reservations or information call (828)765-6832 or (828) 756-7557