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Small sapphire tubs now available.

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Purchase sapphire gravel to 'mine' sapphires from the comfort of your own home. Makes a great gift idea!


Does EVERYONE find sapphires?...

Dear Russ and Deb Thompson,
"Hello, this is Deana. My husband Clay, my girls and my obnoxious dog as well as myself were there this past Monday and Tuesday. I just thought I'd drop you a brief line to let you know that we found 20 sapphires totaling 38 carats, many of them 2 carats and over. We had a great time! I really enjoyed myself. Thanks you."  Deana

Q.Can you recommend a place to stay?

A. You can contact the state commerce department 1-800-visitmt or go to their link on our site at www.sapphiremine.com and request an accomodations guide and travel brochures.  Helena, the state capitol, is a ten mile drive.  Also check Helena Chamber of Commerce (1-406-442-4120). You have choices of motels, bed and breakfast, forest service cabins (US government in the phone book-1-406-449-5490) or campgrounds within 3 miles of the sapphire mine (state-Devil's Elbow, Clark's Bay; federal-Vigilante Campground, private-Lincoln Road RV, Helena Campground or Kim's Marina).

Q. I read that the mine opens on April 1st, what's the best time of the year to go?

A.  The Spokane Bar Sapphire Mine is open year around but the digging is no fun if the ground is still frozen.  April can be iffy - so call for weather updates.  You can see local temperature and forecasts on the local newspaper: www.helenair.com. Heaven in Montana starts after the 4th of July and continues through September. View photos of the mine (winter months vs. summer) under "Newsletters" or order sapphire gravel to mine at home at www.sapphiremine.com

sapphire mine .com - get your Montana sapphires before the deposit runs out.Lake Hauser by the Spokane Bar Sapphire Mine and Gold Fever Rock Shop.  Order your sapphire gravel - 'mine' it from the comfort of your own home.

See Video Teaser Here

The"Gold Fever Rock Shop" was profiled on The Travel Channel's, Season 1,"Cash and Treasure's" best spot to find fortune, Helena, Montana! 

Now on Season 2, Tim Duttry (shown here with crew) - Follow Up - Success Teaser Feb.27, 2008 in East Windsor, NJ.

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18.5 carat sapphire unearthed!!!

Rocks to riches
Rocks to Riches DVD

Our new educational video “From Rocks to Riches”!  Be one of the first to order this educational and informative video on sapphire hunting at my introductory price of $24.  Chapters include history, mine operation, sapphire mining techniques and a personal tour of the Spokane Bar Sapphire Mine.

$24.00 US Postpaid    View video teasers: Gem Hunt | Sapphire Find | Screen Shake

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Sapphire Mine Discovered!!!!  Get your valuable gems before the deposits are all gone.  Orders will be filled on a first come first filled basis.  Sapphire gravel orders are filled directly from the pits of Montana's premiere sapphire mine - Spokane Bar Sapphire Mine & Gold Fever Rock Shop.  

No, there is no 'bar' at the Spokane Bar Sapphire Mine.  However, the mine does actually exist.  This quaint turn of the century mine sits on the banks of Hauser Lake as the Missouri River flows in 'Big Sky Country' - Helena, Montana.  Visitors come through the mine digging through the gravel looking for sapphires every day.  

Missouri River running by Spokane Bar Sapphire Mine and Gold Fever Rock Shop.  Order your sapphire gravel - 'mine' it from the comfort of your own home.


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For those of you who can't make it to Montana, the sapphire mine transports sapphire gravel via UPS across the world.  We will dig, package and ship your own bucket of sapphire gravel to 'mine' from the comfort of your own living room.  Check out our packages and prices.




Spokane Bar Sapphires
The Spokane gravel bar, on the banks of Hauser Lake, was named by geologists mapping the Missouri River area in the early 1900's.  This gravel bar is the location of an exciting sapphire strike along the Missouri River.

Hauser Lake was named after Samuel T. Hauser, one of Montana's Territorial Governors.  Hauser played a significant role in Spokane Bar's mining history.  Governor Hauser and his three partners worked the gravel bar for gold.  Heavy stones plugged the sluice boxes.  The puzzled miners sent the samples to England where they were identified as sapphires and termed valueless.

Heaps of boulders, barren bentonite hills and gullies filled with buffalo berry brush lure gold fevered visitors into the mystique of the past.  Now overgrown with pine trees, juniper and brush, this historic site is a haven for wildlife and present-day miners.  Today's visitors can see remnants of ditches that hint of a complex water system that carried water from a source ten miles away.

Today, you can find sapphires in every color at the Spokane Bar Sapphire Mine.  The natural Sapphire crystal structure is hexagon with triangle terminations which are often flat.  The most commonly found color is green-blue.  Blue sapphire is the best known color.  Ruby is a red sapphire which is one of the most prized.

Sapphires from 1/2 carat up to 10 carats are fairly common.  The largest known sapphire from the Spokane Bar was 155 carats, found by a man from Idaho.  Other finds, though uncommon, are diamond, topaz, citrine, and ruby.  Garnets of several varieties can be found;  the largest on record weighed 40 carats.  The largest gem quality sapphire was 50 carats.....................so far....!

Order your bucket of sapphire gravel today!  It makes a great gift.

Contact Information

Sapphire Mine.com
Spokane Bar Sapphire Mine and Gold Fever Rock Shop
5360 Castles Road 
Helena, MT 59602
1-877-DIGGEMS (Toll Free) 406-227-8989 (Local)
support@sapphiremine.com Customer Support:  Order inquiries, follow-up, post-order questions.
sales@sapphiremine.com Sales:  Pre-order questions about sales, pricing, products.
info@sapphiremine.com Technical problems or site difficulty.