About Us

We'll satisfy your sense of adventure. Come experience the wonder and excitement of prospecting for gemstones in a pleasant and comfortable atmosphere.

Charles and Kay Buchanan, owners and operators of Gem Mountain and Brushy Creek Aquamarine Mine are confident you will treasure the gem hunting experience. Many valuable gems are found each day and we supply all of the necessary equipment. We even have experienced help for novice rockhounds. Gem mining is fun for mom and dad... and kids too!

Covered flumes allow for prospecting rain or shine. Our modern gem washing facilities make it an easy and relaxing way to discover Earth's treasures.

Your stones will be inspected free of charge. 

Experienced gem cutters are also on hand to cut and design jewelry from your finds. We have lots of local materials such as Crabtree emerald, Wiseman and Brushy Creek aquamarine, as well as moonstones, garnet, citrine, ruby, amethyst, sapphire and others brought fresh from the mines daily.

Click on the links to the left to view our brochure and our area map.

We are located right on Hwy 226 in Spruce Pine and we invite you to contact us for more information. We invite individuals, families, and groups of all sizes.

We invite you to browse our entire website for all of the fun activities that we offer...come join us in person or even purchase buckets of rich mine ore and more ONLINE.

Open March 1st-December 31st. Monday-Saturday 9-5. Closed January and February.
Summer Hours-June, July and August Open 7 days 9-6.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact us at 1-888-817-5829 or use our online request form.

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