Customer Reviews, Recommendations and Testimonials

We invite you to explore our customer reviews and recommendations available through Google, Facebook, Yelp, and Trip Advisor.  Following are a few recent reviews from those sites.  We hope you find them helpful as you plan your upcoming gem mining or birthday party experience!  We appreciate your feedback and support of our family-run business!   

This place is awesome! We had a birthday party here for our daughter and everyone had a blast. Friendly, wonderful staff and an awesome experience for kids both young and old.


Amazing!! What a “gem” of a place in Apex. We were so impressed with our families visit this summer that I had to book my girls birthday party here. Fun, affordable, no obnoxious gimmicks, very kind and accommodating owner and staff. Recommend %100! As a side note, their selection of purchasable Crystals are very competitively be priced. Great stop just for crystals too!!


I hate to recommend this place, lest everyone steal my secret! There are a few rock shops in Raleigh. I’ve been to most of them. This one has the BEST deals by far. Inventory will change regularly, as they hand-pick everything they buy. Literally. You will pay 4-8 times as much other places. Plus, and this is a BIG plus, they know the source of everything. Once you buy a few fakes, you know how important this is. They also have rare stuff! I bought a super 7 crystal and a piece of shungite (straight from Russia) for about $10. #morethanmeetstheeye


Great place to bring your kids for indoor fun. Owner is great. Staff is very nice and engaging, they take time to talk to everyone as well as explaining fossils and minerals individually. Very clean as well.


 The owners are knowledgeable and helpful every time we visit. We have done gem mining at other locations throughout the state but none have been as enjoyable. I highly recommend Quest Mining for their knowledge and value.


I’m a big fan of Treasure Quest, but this family-run place really is as good as it gets for what it is: 5 STARS! We’ve been sluicing over in Hiddenite and that can’t really be topped, but for an indoor, kid-friendly, sluicing experience, this place ROCKS! There are both shell and gem/mineral buckets available – everything is guaranteed to have some treasure to find. Our latest Prospector bucket had even more “big gems” than previous buckets we’ve had in the same size.

My 5-year-old is always thrilled to find the tiny shells, medium-sized gems, big crystals, and even shark teeth that sometimes are found when we’re here. Today, one of the “big ones” was different from any we’ve had before and it really looked like a citrine (my kiddo’s birthstone); one of the owners happened to walk by as we found it and we mentioned it to him. He said it does look like the citrine in the poster they have on the wall, but that they had to darken it for printing and it was actually calcite (my kiddo just loved it no matter that it wasn’t her birthstone). The owner came back a few moments later and actually gave her a large citrine (no charge!) — above and beyond customer service!

We also love how the owners already recognize us: it really gives for a personalized experience when we’re here. This family-run business really does have the family feel. Even the owners’ son is sometimes there and he is very knowledgeable and helpful with the various rocks and shells. Everyone who works here is always willing to help identify your new treasures too.