10767 Highway 105 South | Banner Elk, NC 28604 | 828-963-5098 

828-963-5098   |   OPEN YEAR ROUND


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  A Lobster Production website.

Emerald | Garnet | Sapphire | Amethyst | Topaz


At Grandfather Gem Mine we meet people from all over the world on any given day, there may be nine or ten nationalities gem mining (or fishing) together with their children, church group or just out for a fun day.  

Language is never a barrier because everyone knows what a smile means here at the base of Grandfather Mountain.​  Our friendly staff strives to ensure your experience is a memorable, fun and exciting one!

Our gem mining operation has uncovered more one-of-a-kind treasures of the earth.  From emeralds to amethyst and more, your treasure awaits!!  Whether you keep your treasure in its natural form, or would like to have it professionally cut and put into a unique setting or have it crafted into a stunning piece of artwork, we are happy to refer you to a local artisan to assist you with your unique vision.​

Follow Your Bliss

At Grandfather Gem Mine this is our motto and a statement we like to live by.  And just like our fishing...our gem mining operation is simple...we provide all the equipment you need!.  Just place a scoop of rough material on the wooden screen...then rinse with clean water in our flume.  The gemstones, when wet, will reveal color and crystal shapes of precious gems.  It's fascinating and fun for the whole family.


We offer four different sizes of buckets starting at just $15 up to $40, that you may share and mine together.  

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