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Come to
Sheffield Mine
Leave your cares behind,
Play in the dirt
& Discover that .....

Gem Mining
truly is a

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Starting May 22nd, 2020, we'll be here everyday rain or shine ready to help you out.  The economy is improving, but many folks are still stay-cationing, so no worries about waiting lines - it's back to being a lot more peaceful.  So just come on down and enjoy yourself in the Great Smoky Mountains (the OLDEST mountain chain in the World!) and maybe you too will bring home a valuable piece of North Carolina in the form of a Squeaker or a Honker of a Ruby or Sapphire!  Did you know that a Squeaker of 15 Carats up to 29 carats is Great, and a Honker of 30 Carats up to 99 carats is Awesome, and a Super Honker of 100 carats or MORE is Stupendous, but even a Ruby or Sapphire that weighs at least 4 Carats is often decent enough for cutting and setting into a Ring or if you find two, then into a pair of Earrings?  


Scroll down to see how you can save some money!!!

* Because Native Mining takes at least 3 hours,
We accept our Last Customer usually around 2 pm
BECAUSE - it REALLY takes about 1 hour for each Native Bucket & you get
3 Starter Buckets with each Admission!!!  NOT at all HARD, just time consuming!

!!! This is the Real Deal    -    a Genuine NATIVE Ruby & Sapphire Mine !!!

Ok - So you're trying to decide which Gem Mine to go to - well, there are a few bad reviews out there on Sheffield Mine, so let's talk about them - 


  • Most bad comments refer to how few native stones one is likely to bring home.  If you come here you might find rubies or sapphires or you might not.  If you mine the Rainbow Buckets, you will Definitely find a Lot of gemstones that come from all around the world very quickly, but you won't likely find any Native Rubies or Sapphires!  

    We hope that you understand that Sheffield Mine is a Real Native Ruby & Sapphire Mine which means that the rubies and sapphires you find here Formed In the Ground that you are standing on!  We are not a mine which has been enhanced with rubies & sapphires that come from the mines of India, Brazil or even Africa! We don't know if there is a ruby or sapphire in your bucket or not, because we didn't PUT it there.  After considerable scrubbing, you'll know and if you are unsure - keep it!  Check with the guys on the flume line or take it into the office.  Even if it isn't a Ruby or Sapphire - it's yours to keep or toss out!  Some seasons are more productive than others, but even in a great season, we can never guarantee how many or how large your stones will be.  Some people go through several buckets and only find what we call "Braggin' Rights" - those are stones too small to cut & polish, while others find a "Honker" (a ruby or sapphire that weighs 30 carats or more) right off the bat in their first bucket. 

  • The point of coming to our mine isn't to "get rich quick"!

  • When rubies & sapphires are found at a Salted or Enhanced Mine, they aren't hard to spot, and the sizes and quantities may be substantially more,  BUT you're not the first to see them, touch them or own them - they went thru at least half a dozen hands before they got to you, so coming to a Native Mine is truly the "thrill of a Treasure Hunt"! Also, just because a stone is huge beyond belief, doesn't mean that the quality is great throughout - plus, the larger the stone, the costlier it is to get it cut, sometimes so much so that it is out of the range of the average pocket book to afford. We hope you'll come to love our atmosphere and our kind, fun loving staff who is there to help make your whole experience one to remember and share with your family & friends!

  • Now the next point that gets brought up is our Staff and their "lack of expertise" - the folks with that complaint must ​be confusing our mine with another mine, because our manager, Warren, and our main flume line attendant, Richard have each been in this business for over thirty years and David and Jack have each been in this business for over 15 years - they ALL know a ton of information on our local stones which they freely share without hesitation, ask them questions about stones from other areas and you might be surprised by how much knowledge they have about those as well, but expect them to know everything about every stone God ever created - that's not possible the're only human after all. As for any of our other employees - we take a lot of time to make sure that they at least know how to help you to find and recognize the rubies and sapphires in our dirt and most of them are very quick to learn and pass their new knowledge on to you.

  • At Sheffield Mine you'll get a 10 to 15 minute Orientation in the Mine Office before you even start on your first bucket. This is to help you to recognize what you are looking for and the BEST way to go about actually finding what you're looking for.  To find these rubies and sapphires, you must get the rocks super clean otherwise you'll easily overlook what you came to find.  Then we keep checking with you & encouraging you to ask us over and over again if necessary, to show you what the stones look like, to make sure your rocks are clean enough, and to help you in any way that we can.  Our goal is for you to find as many Rubies and Sapphires as possible, and large ones too if they're there -

  • How else will you be able to tell your friends at home
    about the Best Vacation Ever?!?!?!

  • Hope this helped to clear up a few things!

  • 5 Reasons to come to Sheffield Mine:

                     1. to Have a Genuine Gem Mining Experience
                     2. to Do Something New and Different 
                         or to Do Something You Already Love To Do
                     3. to Be the 1st Human ​to Spot, Touch and Own a REAL Ruby or                          Sapphire no matter how large or small
                     4. to Create Lasting Memories with Your Family & Friends                                  that will be Yours FOREVER whether you find Rubies,                                Sapphires or just plain old Leaverites!  
Want a Couple of Super Sweet Deals? - Go to Emma's Place - BEFORE & AFTER your trip to Sheffield Mine - go BEFORE and Get a Coupon good for $1 Off of Admission for EACH person in your group or family.  2 People save $2, 5 People save $5,  you get the drift.  Then AFTER your day of mining at Sheffield Mine, stop by Emma's Place again and Receive 10% off of any Stone Cutting that you would like to have done.  Prices are SUPER Reasonable and the folks there treat you like family, just like at Sheffield Mine. (Little Secret - there's a reason for the same friendly atmosphere at both places - they're both owned by the same people - the Smiths.  They've owned and operated Sheffield Mine since 2000 and Emma's Place has been open since 2011.  Oh and speaking of "OPEN", Emma's Place is Open 7 days a week from 10am until 6pm.  That's 1 hour longer than the Mine is open so you can leave Sheffield Mine and have plenty of time to get to Emma's Place.   Don't worry about how you're dressed or how dirty you might be, just come as you are.  When you walk into Emma's Place you'll think you have stepped back into time into a Victorian home, but fear not - it is people friendly and a little bit of dirt is not a problem!!!  Scroll down for more info and a link to that web site.

Emma's Place is located at 1884 Georgia Rd. also known as HWY 441 South.  828-369-1884

Emma's Place is also an Awesome BEAD Shop and Jewelry Making Classroom!


In addition to Stone Cutting, Emma's Place also offers Fine Ready-Made Jewelry and Gift Items and Emma's Place is a BEAD SHOP and also offers Jewelry Making Classes in several different methods including Bead Weaving, Kumihimo, Viking Knit, Wire Weaving, Wire Wrap  and more in a Beautiful, Clean, Climate Controlled Environment.  Classes are 1 Day in Duration so if you are spending several days at the Mine and would like to spend 1 day taking a Class, or you just would rather learn a new skill while the rest of your crew is mining, check out the website or give a call to discuss your options. 

For more info about Emma's Place, call 1-828-369-1884 or go to 


FREE Native Bucket:

Bring a bag full of film canisters or Non-Childproof Pill Bottles and get a free bucket of native dirt!!

Super Honker of 2016!

325ct Ruby

found by

12 Year Old


of California

June 16,2016