Nantahala River Gem Mine is located in the cool scenic Great Smoky Mountains. Western North Carolina is well known as a world gem capitol and is famous for its natural deposits of rubies and sapphires. Gemstone enthusiasts are attracted by the thousands every year. Search for a variety of precious gemstones including rubies, emeralds, sapphires and a variety of precious gemstones. Miners are finding a treasure trove of gemstone quality finds every season! Free identification and evaluation of your finds. Place orders for cut/finished gemstones at the mine. We have special cut stone' promo rates for this season! FUN! FUN! FUN!