In business since 1982 in the Blue Ridge mountains, Rio Doce is like no other North Carolina gem mine. We don't get our gemstone's and minerals from the middle man, we OWN the mine in Rio Doce (sweet river) Brazil! It is a river valley that runs through one of the richest gemstone deposits in the world. The stones you find come direct from the mountains of South America as well as the Spruce Pine Gem Mine district. It truly is an adventure for all ages!
Choose from numerous bucket sizes and specialty gemstone buckets then we will show you just how to "mine" the ore and uncover your new treasure. Our covered flume lines ensure a day of family fun come rain or shine. When you have finished, head inside and one of our trained assayers will go over gem material with you stone by stone. They will explain the origin of each gemstone and their trained eye and years of experience will help you spot which pieces will produce the very best cut gemstone.
Then go to the gem cutting side of Rio Doce, Jerry Call Inc. where you are in for the royal treatment. Jerry Call is a world famous gem cutter and has spent decades cutting historically famous stones, for museums and celebrities alike.
Jerry Call has his lapidary school; Jerry Call is known the world over as a true artist and has been one of the most sought after faceters for decades. Intrusted with cutting some of the most valuable and rare gemstones of the last half century, there is very little this legend of the industry hasn’t seen and done. Now is your chance to have Jerry pass some of his vast knowledge onto you.