Outside Crystal Mountain Gem Mine, Brevard, NC

We asked our son to skip work from his children's stationery business and bring his family up to Brevard, NC, so our grand kids could strike it rich at the Crystal Mountain Gem Mine. We met his family before the doors were even open. They thought they were going to have to walk through a muddy mine, so they all wore old shoes, t-shirts and jeans, only to find out it's super clean and tidy inside the Crystal Mountain Gem Mine...

Inside Crystal Mountain Gem Mine, Brevard, NC

While my teenage granddaughter shopped for precious stones, my two other grand kids  (along with mom, dad and Nana) sat at the 52-ft.-long flume and "worked" hard, sifting through large buckets full of sand and dirt...

Pannning for Precious Gems at Crystal Mountain Gem Mine

Their "hard work" turned into joy and excitement with each gemstone they found...

Joy of Striking it Rich at Crystal Mountain Gem Mine

When they had emptied their buckets they collected their gems and presented them to Crystal Mountain Gem Mine owner Chris Cloer, who described each gemstone to our prospectors. To their surprise and excitement, they had found two rubies that could be worth over $1,000 when they're cut, polished and mounted...

Gemstone Appraisal at Crystal Mountain Gem Mine

Special thanks to Chris and his crew at the Crystal Mountain Gem Mine for a terrific time with our grand kids. My grand kids agree that Crystal Mountain Gem Mine is one of the most fun children's activities in Brevard, NC. It's open seven days a week, and conveniently located at 31 S. Broad Street in Brevard. (Map)

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