1. Dave McClard

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    Went through a $55 bucket. Picked out all the gems. The guys outside we’re great and knowledgeable very helpful in letting you know what to look for, and helped pick out some stones over looked.Inside was a different story. The guy was like a robot. When asked if we were going to cut any stones, we said no didn’t want to pay extra and wait 4-6 weeks for it to be shipped to us. He quickly went through identifying all the large stones, and the smaller stones we picked out we’re too small. They only look for the stones 10kt. and larger. It was a fun experience for the kids, and they had a great time making a game of finding the largest stone and the smallest.

  2. Lynn Chapin

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    Love it, take my family and friends there to find stones. Everyone has a blast!

  3. A Google User

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    We visited in August, and elected to have two stones ‘cut’ and sent to us. My husband was told that we would also receive the remains of the original stones (which I think would be worthy of a good story behind the faceted stones), but they are nowhere to be found in the box. I’m thinking of calling and inquiring about this, as they should at least keep their word. Mind you, the faceted stones are beautiful and the pendant lovely, but had we thought about it before turning them over, we would have taken ‘before’ pictures to go with the ‘after’ faceted stones. Don’t know if we’d ever go back there, and we visit the state every summer.

  4. A Google User

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    I have been there twice and had a blast sorting through my bucket of rocks at the flumes. They have enclosed more of the flumes so that they are warmer. Do not get you stones cut there. Just go and grab a bucket – take you time – and have fun.

  5. A Google User

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    We went to Gem Mountian on 4/30/09 to go through their Aquamarine mine and we will never spend another dime with them. We were totally disgusted. We had 6 in our family go and were the only ones at the mine that day. When we arrived at “the hole”, you could see alot of aquamarine laying on the surface. It took us about an hour to pick them all up (along with the garnets). It appeared that they just threw the rough stones in for us to find because nothing was found by turning rocks over or breaking up larger rocks after the surface stuff was picked up. After we were no longer finding anything, our guide started finding aquamarine that we “missed” and gave them to us. I believe this was to keep our hopes up. A few of us suspected something fishy and started watching our guide. The best aquamarine found was pulled from the guides pockets!! All said and done, we spent approx $400 to find two stones of facatable quality and they quoted a price of $170.00 to cut one stone. You can go down the road and have that same stone cut for $50. We went to another gem place and showed them the aquamarine and garnets we found. They said the aquamarine was poor quality and the garnets were just rust balls. We have previously visited other mines in addition to Gem Mountain in the past and have had 50+ stones cut by two businesses. The quality of cut was excellent and the prices comparable at both. This year, Gem Mountain has a tickler price of $45 per stone and anything over a specific size, the price skyrockets. Other mines still cuts stone for approx $50, regardless of the size. We left several stones to be cut at another mine – none of which were found at Gem Mountain. Please do your research and dont get scammed like we did. Your better off spending your money on a salted bucket at another mine. You will spend less time, not be sore, and spend less money for higher quality aquamarine.