Gem Mountain offers trips to two area mines where you can dig your own gems! The Brushy Creek Aquamarine Mine is a relatively new mine that been producing aquamarine, garnet, golden beryl, tourmaline, and some smoky quartz. The Hoot Owl Mine is a very impressive, historic mine that been dormant for many years. Material from the other mines will be brought to this location and mixed with material from the Hoot Owl Mine. Years ago the Hoot Owl Mine was worked for feldspar but reports of aquamarine specimens as large as 150 pounds have been reported along with some small emeralds. You feel as though you have been transported back in time as you look into the mine and hear the history that goes along with the mine.
Gem Mountain Gemstone Mine is the only Gemstone specialty operation in the Spruce Pine area that owns its own workable mines. Plan a visit!
Mine your own gems or simply tour our mines. They are safe, secure, educational and fun. Check our Mine Trips for more information and an informational video. If you wish to visit us and The Surrounding Area there are many great places to stay and fun things to do in Spruce Pines. We also try to host events from time to time, check out our Event Calendar for upcoming specials!