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Find Star Rubies and Sapphires in Our Native Mine

Mining Place

Take Part in a Unique Recreational Activity

Sheffield Gem Mine is a historic native ruby mine in Franklin, North Carolina that offers a thrilling ruby and sapphire mining experience for everyone. Surrounded by nature, we offer a unique and educational activity for visitors of all ages.

Our Specialty Gems

What makes our mine so special is the presence of star rubies and sapphires. Keep in mind that star rubies are only found in Cowee Valley and Burma, India.

Gemstones as Keepsakes

You can keep your gemstones or have them crafted into one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces. We are friends with several lapidaries in town that would love to assist you.

Be One With Nature

Play in the dirt and discover rubies, sapphires, and other gemstones. We ensure a kind atmosphere with fun-loving staff to help make your gem mining experience one to remember. You can share these special moments with your family and friends!


We are excited to greet you all! We have been busy getting the mine ready for the new 2022 Season. WE OPEN APRIL 1st 2022 10am! Sending you all safe travels and looking forward to the fun in store this year at SHEFFIELD GEM MINE!!!

Find Us

From Franklin take Hwy 28 to Cowee Creek rd, which comes up just past the BP station, veer right, and you'll pass the Cowee School, stay on Cowee Creek till Leatherman Gap Rd, where you'll take a left, and then you'll see our big sign on the left as well.
From Hwy 441, take Sanderstown Rd to Hwy 28 and make a right, then follow the directions above.