Yes! That's right. Rubies, Sapphires, Topaz, Emeralds, Garnet's, and most of the Quartz Family can be found. All for just the price of admission to one of the "screen your own" sites.
That's right! All you have to do is take a little vacation to Franklin, North Carolina. You can go to a gem mine and screen your own. The price is cheap. Most of the mines only charge around $10.00 for the day, and around $0.50 a bucket of gem bearing earth and gravel.
I have been going there for years and have collected several very nice stones. By the way you can also find them in most of the stream beds around that area.
I use to have gem cutters in the area of Franklin cut my stone, but as time went by I decided that I could do it cheaper myself. They want someplace about $15.00 to $35.00 per carat. You stop when you have 100 carat of raw stone,just think what the cost will be to cut. It's not hard to get over 500 carat's worth of gems in a day of gem screening.
So I took the time to learn how to cut gem's. I bought the equipment and started cutting. I now have some very nice cut stone. I will cut your stone for a lot less than what they charge and cut year round. Not just during the summer season.
I got so involved that I started my own Jewelry Shop. I now cut for other people along with my stone. I cut and mount stones and do some custom work.
If anybody is interested I have cut stone and also un-cut and pre-formed stone. I also carry a full line of Jewelry Items.
If you would like to know more about mining for gems or would just like to get one of my stones E-Mail me. I will answer all questions you might have as quick as possible. Thank you for visiting my page AL
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