About Us

ABOUT US AND YOUR ADVENTURE

 

WE HAVE BEEN PROVIDING SAPPHIRES TO LOCALS AND TOURISTS IN THE HAMILTON AREA OF THE BITTERROOT VALLEY FOR OVER 20 YEARS.  WHEN WE FIRST BEGAN PROVIDING GRAVEL, PEOPLE REQUESTED THAT WE DO IT LOCALLY, SO THAT THEY WOULD NOT HAVE TO TRAVEL SO FAR IN A DAY TO HAVE THE EXPERIENCE. THE ROAD FROM HAMILTON TO THE PHILIPSBURG AREA WHERE THE SAPPHIRE MINE IS CAN BE EXTREMELY INTIMIDATING, AND IT IS A VERY TIME CONSUMING JOURNEY ! WE BRING THE MOUNTAIN TO YOU ! 

 

WE HAVE RECENTLY CHANGED OUR HOURS OF OPERATION AND WASHING GRAVEL TO ' BY APPOINTMENT ONLY '. THIS MEANS SPECIFICALLY THAT WE PROVIDE GRAVEL TO GO, WITH AN ADVANCE PHONE CALL TO SET UP A TIME TO COME BY THE SHOP.  WE ALSO MAKE APPOINTMENTS FOR JEWELRY PURCHASE, DESIGN AND GEM PROCESSING. GRAVEL WASHING ON SITE AT OUR RETAIL LOCATION IS LIMITED TO GROUPS, CALL US TO DISCUSS OPTIONS AVAILABLE. 

 

IT WILL TAKE APPROXIMATELY 1 1/2-2 HOURS TO WASH A BAG OF GRAVEL, WHICH COMES WITH COMPLETE INSTRUCTIONS. ONCE YOU HAVE FOUND YOUR STONES, YOU CAN EITHER MAKE AN APPT. TO HAVE THEM EVALUATED, OR YOU CAN MAIL THEM FOR EVALUATION AT NO CHARGE, WITH A SMALL SHIPPING CHARGE FOR RETURNING THEM , INCLUDED IN ANY PROCESSING. 

 

WE ESPECIALLY ENJOY HELPING OUR CUSTOMERS TURN THEIR FIRST STONES INTO MONTANA TREASURES. ONCE YOU HAVE WASHED YOUR FIRST BAG, YOU WILL FEEL THE BUG, AND POSSIBLY CATCH WHAT WE CALL THE " SAPPHIRE FEVER " !   THE TWO PROCESSES TO TURN YOUR SAPPHIRE INTO A FINISHED GEMSTONE ARE HEAT TREATING AND FACETING, THE COST IS APPROXIMATELY $50.-$75.00 PER STONE. 

 

 IF YOU ARE PLANNING A GROUP VISIT OF 6 OR MORE ADULTS, PLAN AHEAD AND CALL AT LEAST A WEEK BEFORE YOUR GROUP PLANS TO COME. GRAVEL BAGS MAY BE PICKED UP TO GO, WITH A QUICK CALL FOR AN APPOINTMENT.  MAIL ORDERS ARE ALWAYS AVAILABLE WITH A CALL OR EMAIL. SHIPPING IS A BARGAIN, AS WE CAN USE FLAT RATE SHIPPING BOXES, AND SAPPHIRE GRAVEL IS HEAVY !

 

OUR SEASON RUNS BASICALLY FROM MEMORIAL DAY TO LABOR DAY. WINTER FREEZES OUR OUTDOOR OPPORTUNITY TO WASH GRAVEL, BUT WE REMAIN OPEN WITH A CALL TO PICK UP GRAVEL TO WASH AT YOUR OWN LOCATION. MANY OF OUR ' REGULARS ' MINE YEAR ROUND, IN HEATED GARAGES, KITCHENS, LAUNDRY ROOMS, WHEREVER THEIR FEVER FINDS THEM ! 

 

MAIL ORDERS INCLUDE  INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO WASH YOUR GRAVEL, FIND YOUR STONES, AND SEND BACK FOR EVALUATION AND PROCESSING. WE WILL HAPPILY COMMUNICATE WITH YOU VIA EMAIL OR PHONE CALL TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS REGARDING YOUR MINING EXPERIENCE. 

 

GUESTS IN OUR AIRBNB LODGINGS ARE ABLE TO ACCESS GRAVEL WASHING DURING THEIR STAY, WITH A SIMPLE REQUEST WHILE THEY ARE HERE, A REALLY SPECIAL MONTANA EXPERIENCE THAT THEY CAN ADD TO THEIR TRAVEL ITINERARY ! 

 

406-381-1392   mtlynnette@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

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