(Closed) Mining our own gems for ring?

posted 8 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
1057 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

Now that’s AWESOME! I hope you’re able to find a location 🙂

Post # 4
5147 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Very cool idea!

On a family vacation to Montana, we found our own sapphires. (They sold you a bag of gravel and you sorted through it to find the gems.)

My mom, sister, and I all had rings made out of the sapphries we found. Here’s mine:



Post # 6
1807 posts
Buzzing bee

My mother and I went mining for gemstones in Boone, NC (it was a 5 hour drive for us…we made a weekend trip out of it).

It was pretty cool! There are several places there that offer the mining. Basically we paid like $70 bucks for a huge buckets of dirt/rocks. We then mined in, them telling us what we should be on the look for. We were able to find A TON of stuff, and had a lot of jewelery cut and set for us and others for christmas presents. I don’t have any pictures with me but I go some really gorgeous amethyst pieces (my favorite) out of it…also rubies, sapphires, emeralds, everything! It can get pretty expensive doing all the polishing, cutting, and setting…but if you’re only going to be doing that to a couple stones it shouldn’t be too bad.

Here’s the website of the place we went to:


You can even buy a bag of the mining stuff for like $30 to do at home. You can mail in the gem’s and they’re cut them down for you.

Post # 7
37 posts
  • Wedding: April 2011

I’m from Australia, so I can’t help, but just wanted to say AWESOME! We are thinking of prospecting for the gold for our wedding bands. 🙂 It will not only be special because it’s your wedding ring, it’ll remind you of a great time away together too!

Post # 8
75 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

In Arkansas there is a state park where you can keep any diamonds you find. (Adults pay $7 to look for diamonds)


I know it isn’t in the Northeast, but it might be interesting for other people reading this thread.

Post # 9
995 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I think that’s an amazing idea!! I have mined for amethyst and agate before and it was a lot of fun. Good luck!

Post # 11
10287 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

Thats so cool! We have a diamond mine a few hours from here. My Future Mother-In-Law went a few years ago and mined some great stuff! I never thought about mining my own gems for my ring but maybe thats something I’ll have to talk to Fiance about!

Post # 12
1325 posts
Bumble bee

That is a really cool idea.

I actually went to that Crater of Diamonds park in Arkansas a few years ago and after a couple of hours my grandparents were ready to go. I came back empty handed.Frown

Post # 13
1235 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I think it is awesome! Mine is personally mined. FI’s Great (I don’t know how many greats) mined the diamond for his fiance himself. 200 or so years later I have it. I love it! And for me the idea that is has such a personal history to it is really cool. I don’t know where exactly you can get it done but I would say if you can find a place, DO IT! It will mean that much more you you two in the future.

Post # 14
70 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

that sounds like a great idea i wish i could do that!

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