Go Mining! Purchase sapphire gravel to 'mine'
sapphires from the comfort of your own home. Makes a great gift idea!
Does EVERYONE find sapphires?...
Dear Russ and Deb Thompson,
"Hello, this is Deana. My husband Clay, my girls and my obnoxious dog as
well as myself were there this past Monday and Tuesday. I just thought I'd
drop you a brief line to let you know that we found 20 sapphires totaling
38 carats, many of them 2 carats and over. We had a great time! I really
enjoyed myself. Thanks you." Deana
Q.Can you recommend a place to stay?
A. You can contact the state commerce department 1-800-visitmt or go to their link on our site at www.sapphiremine.com and request an accomodations guide and travel brochures. Helena, the state capitol, is a ten mile drive. Also check Helena Chamber of Commerce (1-406-442-4120). You have choices of motels, bed and breakfast, forest service cabins (US government in the phone book-1-406-449-5490) or campgrounds within 3 miles of the sapphire mine (state-Devil's Elbow, Clark's Bay; federal-Vigilante Campground, private-Lincoln Road RV, Helena Campground or Kim's Marina).
Q. I read that the mine opens on April 1st, what's the best time of the year to go?
A. The Spokane Bar Sapphire Mine is open year around but the digging is no fun if the ground is still frozen. April can be iffy - so call for weather updates. You can see local temperature and forecasts on the local newspaper: www.helenair.com. Heaven in Montana starts after the 4th of July and continues through September. View photos of the mine (winter months vs. summer) under "Newsletters" or order sapphire gravel to mine at home at www.sapphiremine.com
IN THE RAW...
Here is a sample of what large
sapphire stones look like in the raw.
Here is a sample of what
sapphires look like once they have been cleaned, polished, and faceted.