get ready and LET'S GO MINING!
Located just off the beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway in Spruce Pine, North Carolina the Rio Doce Gem Mine is an amazing adventure for all ages!
You and your family will be going on a Gem Mining Adventure with connections right to the actual gem mines of Rio Doce (Sweet River) Brazil as well as the famous Spruce Pine Mining District of North Carolina.
Once you select the size and type of mining ore you would like to "work" you will be instructed by our trained staff on how to find the gem material located in each bucket.
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What will we find?
You are guaranteed to discover amazing gem stones in each bucket of mining ore! We strive to provide you with the best material that Brazil and N Caroline has to offer; we still get many of our gems directly from the mine in Rio Doce (Sweet River), Brazil! You receive the finest quality stones guaranteed.
What do we do with our stones?
Once you have discovered your stones our trained Assayers will identify the varieties of stones that you have found and explain what can be done with the rough stones! Almost 100% of the stones you find can be cut and set in silver or gold! You can even be adventurous and learn how to cut them yourself. Our gift shop page will help you get an idea of what the stones you find can be turned into.
Planning Your Next Mining Expedition!
Hours, Admission, Parking & Location, Hours
The Rio Doce Gem Mine is open everyday from Easter through Halloween.
The operating hours are 9:00 A.M. until 6:00 P.M.
Admission is FREE!
Parking is FREE!
Conveniently located just off the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway in Spruce Pine, North Carolina, follow this link to our Map page!
P.O. Box 296 Little Switzerland, NC 28749