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 Renee K. CooneyRenee K. Cooney 

Renee K. Cooney, PLS, ABR®, SRES®
Owner / Broker / Realtor®      NC Real Estate Instructor  & Surveyor


Cell: (828) 371-4360

 Office: (828) 369-3000

Fax: (828) 369-3609

Legacy Properties by Renee

459 E. Palmer St.

Franklin, NC 28734





Heather Ball,  Broker Associate

 Cell: (330) 205-9885


Belinda Sanders,

Broker Associate

Cell: (828) 421-6509


Chelsie Pinkerton, Broker AssociateChelsie Pinkerton, Broker AssociateChelsie Pinkerton, Broker Associate

Cell: (828) 342-1457

Gem Mining in Franklin NC

Posted 10/28/2014

Franklin, North Carolina is renowned as the “Gem Capital of the World” for good reason. Spanish Conquistador Hernando de Sota ventured through the area in the 16th century, searching for gold and other treasures. That exploration established a tradition in Franklin, which morphed into gem mining in the late 19th century. During that time several companies constructed mines to discover and capitalize on the source of Franklin’s ruby and sapphire explosion in the 1870s. Ever since, folks have traveled to Franklin in search of precious gems, and quite possibly, a chance at finding the next big one. That person could be you!

Franklin and the surrounding area have various gem mines for families and individuals to choose from. The weather of late is perfect for those looking to continue the gem mining tradition in a beautiful part of Southern Appalachia. Just don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty!

Below is a list of mines in the Franklin area. Contact them for operating hours and rates. Good luck and enjoy!

Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine

Located in the Cowee Valley at 41 Cherokee Mine Road off Ruby Mine Road


Rocky Face Mine

Located three miles North of Franklin at 268 Sanderstown Road


Rose Creek Mine

Located five miles North of Franklin on Highway 28 at 115 Terrace Ridge Drive


Gold City Gem Mine

Located about seven miles North of Franklin off Highway 441 at 9410 Sylva Road


Cowee Mountain Ruby Mine

Located about five miles from Franklin, at the foot of Cowee Mountain at 6771 Sylva Road


Jackson Hole Gem Mine

Located near Cullasaja Falls between Highlands and Franklin on Highway 28 and US 64


Sheffield Mine

Located at 385 Sheffield Farms Road


Mason’s Ruby & Sapphire Mine

Located in Burningtown off Route 28 North


Old Cardinal Gem Mine

Located at 72 Rockhaven Drive


Mason Mountain Mine & Cowee Gift Shop

Located at 5313 Bryson City Road