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Rio Doce Mine

14622 Hwy 226 S

Spruce Pine NC 28777


P.O. Box 296

Little Switzerland, NC 28749



Fax: 765-2097


Rio Doce Gem Mine is open everyday from Easter through Halloween.

The operating hours are from 9:00 A.M. until 6:00 P.M.


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The Stones of the Rio Doce

The following menu are a brief description of each of the types of stones you may discover while mining with us at the Rio Doce.


  1. Amethyst
  2. Aquamarine
  3. Blue Topaz
  4. Citrine
  5. Emerald
  6. Garnet
  7. Rose Quartz
  8. Ruby
  9. Rutilated Quartz
  10. Tourmaline


The stones have found at Rio Doce have outstanding quality, and our local  Gemologists can help you determine worth, rarity, and possible setting for your find.