Post # 1
Okay, this is probably crazy but I bet some of you have seen that show on the Travel Channel with the woman who mines gemstones. Yes, it is geeky but I think it is AWESOME.
Anyhow, is there any way that I could dig my own gems for a wedding band? And, where would I go for this? I would be looking for a place in the Northeast so that it is within driving distance from my house.
I think it would be so awesome to be involved in the creating of our rings at this level. Has anyone else done this? Any suggestions/tips are welcome!
Post # 3
Now that’s AWESOME! I hope you’re able to find a location 🙂
Post # 4
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 # 5
This is awesome. I love sapphires. Wish Montana was closer to me!
Post # 6
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
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
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
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 # 10
Wow thanks for all of the great ideas ladies. I’m not sure I will be able to do it because of time constraints between now and the wedding but I hope this thread was helpful to others as well!
Post # 11
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
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.
Post # 13
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
that sounds like a great idea i wish i could do that!