Shop McDowell

Everything you need right here in McDowell County

Shop McDowell

Everything you need right here
in McDowell County

The Emerald Mines

2120 McKinney Mine Rd.
Little Switzerland, NC 28749


Visit Our Gem Mine Office, Jewelry Store, Specimen Museum and Rock Shop. Try a Bucket, Pan for Gold, or Dig Your Own Emeralds. Finding gems that can be turned into faceted stones or jewelry is a true treasure hunt !

OUR FAMILY
Has been in the mining business since the 1930's when Larry's dad used to hang from the cliffs at the McKinney Mine to drill holes for dynamite and since 1966 when my deceased husband was hired by Bill Collins as a consultant at the Crabtree Emerald Mine, collapsed and flooded since 1990, but once owned by Tiffany & Co.

BUCKET PRICES
$30. Emeralds Only
$35. All Gemstones
$40. More Gems
$60. Includes Geode and Free Cut
$120. Includes 2 Free Cuts
$300. Includes 3 Free cuts
$10. per Bag to Try Gold Panning

TAKE THE TOUR INCLUDING THE ORIGINAL MINE SHAFT
Our Self-Guided Tour demonstrates how Mining developed in this area ---ONLY $5.00 per person

DIG YOUR OWN EMERALDS AND KEEP WHAT YOU FIND
You can dig for emeralds yourself in our open air location and learn about the quality difference in Emeralds --- This activity is $70.00 per person