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

Gem Mining
truly is a

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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!


We OPEN on April 1st!!!


We request: 

Please be considerate of others and don't come if you are feeling sick!


We want Everyone to stay


We Love You All!!!


Are you ready to Get Dirty, 

Find Rubies & Sapphires

have some 



make wonderful 



So, what is all the Squeakin' and Honkin' about???

Squeakers are Rubies or Sapphires
that are 15 to 30cts.  

Honkers are Rubies or Sapphires t
hat are 30 cts or larger

Super Honkers are Rubies or Sapphires
that are 100 cts or larger!

- Keep in mind that most Diamond Rings
are only 1/4 carat to 3/4 of a carat. 

* Because Native Mining takes at least 2 hours,We accept our Last Customer usually around 3pm BECAUSE - it REALLY takes about 1 hour for each Native Bucket & you get 2 Starter Buckets with each Admission!!!  NOT at all HARD, just time consuming!!!! This is the Real Deal    -    a Genuine NATIVE Ruby & Sapphire Mine !!!

Starting May 22nd, 2020, we'll be here everyday rain or shine ready to help you out. So just come on down and enjoy yourself in the Great Smoky Mountains 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!!!


Want a Super Sweet Deal? -
Go to Emma's Place AFTER your day of mining at Sheffield Mine 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. 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 -



We know that you'll find a lot of Leaverites (Leave 'er right there my friend) and of course Baseball Rocks (Pitch 'em Out) but we sincerely hope that you'll also find some Rubies!  We'll show you just what to look for and how to harvest them.

Good Luck Friends!!!