Miner's Gems and Minerals

Miner's Gems and Minerals, San Diego: Hours, Address, Miner's Gems and Minerals Reviews: 4.5/5

Miner's Gems and Minerals
4.5
Speciality & Gift Shops
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Tours and Tickets

The area
Address
Neighbourhood: Old Town
How to get there
  • Old Town Transit Center • 5 min walk
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Nana211
Morongo Valley, CA138 contributions
Gold panning so much fun
Jul 2020 • Family
They put colored "gems" and "gold" into it and the children get to pan for gold and gems. It's really fun. And they really get a lot of treasure. You can not see the gems at first, but as they pan in the stream the dirt washes out and reveal the gems. They found 20+ purses each. Only 5.00 well worth it. Will go again for sure.
Written 18 July 2020
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maxpaste
Mechanicsburg, PA955 contributions
Great selection for sale
Oct 2019 • Solo
This rock shop in the Old Town area has quite a selection, and a little bit of everything. They have some jewelry, meteorites, fossils, and some nice gemmy pieces. Worth a stop if this is your type of shopping.
Written 27 October 2019
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Thanks so much for taking a moment to leave a comment. Please come back and visit again.
Written 28 October 2019
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Luvttravl
Hayward, CA3 contributions
Tanzanite pendent In Alaska
Jun 2019 • Couples
They were friendly and gave us a good price! The tanzanite stone is top quality and with a hint of pink. It is eye catching for sure.
Written 2 July 2019
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minnesotans4
Saint Paul, MN2,530 contributions
Excellent gems and minerals
Feb 2019 • Couples
My husband loves to browse "rock shops" and usually I am interested for a short time but this shop was different. The display cases made by the owner were beautiful. The store was loaded with items priced at a few dollars to let's say quite a few dollars. Everyone from any age could find something of interest to admire or to buy. I bought a cat's eye snail shell for only $3 and appreciated a written description included with my purchase. Items were from all over the world and it was a true learning experience as well. For example, I didn't know that Egyptian opals were so beautiful.
For $5, people could experience panning.
Written 6 February 2019
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Thank you so much for taking the time to write a few words about our store and giving us the highest rating. Please come back and visit us again. Pat
Written 4 July 2019
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Tricia M
Saginaw, MI33 contributions
Mrs
Mar 2017 • Family
Lots of fun panning for your own stones and gems. If you are a August Birthday highly recommend because I found lots of Peridot in my panning. Good activity for families and not expensive.
Written 1 April 2017
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Thanks so much for enjoying our panning activity. We try hard to offer something for the kids and adults to do and that does not break the bank. We find it also helps keep the ones in the family content while the ones with interest in Gems, Minerals, Fossils and Jewelry can browse inside our store/museum. Please come back and visit us again. Pat Dugan / Owner
Written 2 April 2017
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Monicawesomeness
Gilbert, AZ17 contributions
Neat lil shop with interesting items
Jul 2016 • Family
I stopped by while walking through old town san diego. There are many incredible fossilized creatures and beautiful gems for sale. They are a bit on the pricey side but i suppose that's necessary when your looking at unique or rare items. Watch children like a hawk in this place or they might tip over a couple hundred dollar vase or something. I wish i had more money to spend while i was there but it was the end of my trip so i got two pendants at $12 each.
Written 21 July 2016
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RottHound
Seattle, WA260 contributions
A little pricey, but great entertainment & education for kids
Apr 2013 • Family
My son has been here many times with me, starting at age 6. He's 10 now. Although we enjoy browsing the items for sale and he has been collecting the little animals they have that are carved from semi-precious stones, the big attraction here is "panning" for polished semi-precious stones or for fossils. For $4 a pop, we get at least 30 minutes of entertainment and a little baggy of treasures to take home. Sometimes, he's done as many as FOUR pans. They give you a pan filled with "tailings" from the Stewart Tourmaline Mine in Rainbow, California (looks like course sand) in which they have hidden the fossils or gems. You stand over a big, water-filled metal wash tub outside in their garden area and they show you how to add a little water at a time and swirl to get the treasures to come to the surface. The guys who is usually there can be a little curt, but we don't care. Although there isn't much we do in Old Town, since it's mostly shopping, we come every visit to this shop and then we go eat Mexican food. It's a winner. Afterward, he spends ages sorting and grouping his finds and we've looked up what all the gems and fossils are.
Written 20 February 2014
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Miner's Gems and Minerals is open:
  • Sun - Thu 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Fri - Sat 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM