The Greater Foscoe Mining Company gem mine was started in 1988 by owner Kenneth Pickett. Over the years it has grown into the largest gem mine in the area and just keeps getting bigger and better! We pride ourselves on taking the very best care of each customer that visits the mine and that everyone has a memorable experience. Our commitment to this goal wouldn’t be possible without our wonderful staff.
Owner Kenny Pickett
Mr. Pickett, a graduate of the University of North Carolina, is a master goldsmith and stone cutter of over thirty-five years. He was trained in faceting in the 70s, 80s and 90s by Marvin Buchanan who was a premier stone cutter from Mitchell County. They also had several mining ventures together which was the inspiration for the Greater Foscoe Mining Company.
Here at the Greater Foscoe Mining Company, your experience is not only loads of fun, but educational as well. With sheltered outdoor flumes, your visit will be enjoyable rain or shine. When you’ve finished mining, our experienced staff will identify your gemstones and place them on a keepsake gemstone calendar to take with you. If you’re interested in having any of your stones cut, you can visit the jewelry store and gallery, Facets, where our professional gem cutters can polish your stones. Here, we can set your stones in gold or silver or create one of a kind jewelry to your liking. If you can imagine it, we can create it!