Avast, ye treasure seekers!

Seize yer sack o' dirt and set course for the mining sluice ...
your gemstone treasure awaits 

Fun activity for all ages

Ahoy, gemstone enthusiasts and curious adventurers!
Gemstone mining is an exhilarating and captivating experience for all ages.

Whether you're an avid collector or a curious amateur sift your dirtbag through the sluice and uncover hidden gems.
Best of all, you get to take them home!

At least 15 real gemstones guaranteed in every dirtbag!


Drop yer anchor at Maldon Promenade and set yer eyes on the gleamin' loot. Sift, sort, and uncover yer very own treasures. At Pirates Bay Mining Company, the riches be waitin' to be claimed by the boldest of adventurers. Set course for glory, me mateys!

Facts about Gemstone Mining

Gemstones in the United Kingdom.

The United Kingdom has a rich history of gemstone mining, with evidence of mining activities dating back to Roman times. Some of the most famous gemstone mines in the UK include the Cumbrian Fells in northern England, where deposits of sapphire, spinel, and garnet have been found.

CORNWALL in southwestern England, is renowned for its mining heritage, including the extraction of various gemstones. The region is particularly known for its production of high-quality and vibrant blue-green gemstone called "Cornish turquoise" or "Cornish emerald," which is a variety of the mineral variscite.

SCOTLAND is home to several gemstone deposits, including the famous Cairngorm Mountains. Cairngorm quartz, a smoky quartz variety, is highly sought after and is used in jewellery making. Scotland also has deposits of amethyst, jasper, and agate, which are frequently used in the creation of ornamental items.

WALES is renowned for its gold deposits, particularly in the Dolgellau Gold Belt. Although not strictly a gemstone, Welsh gold has historical significance and is highly valued for its rarity and beauty. It has been used to create jewellery for members of the British royal family, including wedding rings.

Environmental Considerations: Gemstone mining in the UK is subject to strict regulations aimed at minimising environmental impact and ensuring sustainability. These regulations help maintain the balance between mining activities and the preservation of natural resources and habitats.

Worldwide Gemstones.

AFRICA is a continent known for its abundant gemstone deposits. Countries such as Madagascar, Tanzania, Zambia, and Mozambique are rich in gemstones like sapphire, ruby, emerald, tourmaline, and tanzanite. The African continent also produces significant quantities of diamonds.

ASIA is another region with a vast array of gemstone deposits. Countries such as Myanmar (Burma), Sri Lanka, Thailand, and India have been historically renowned for their gemstone production. These regions yield a wide variety of gemstones, including ruby, sapphire, spinel, garnet, and topaz.

SOUTH AMERICA is a treasure trove of gemstones. Brazil stands out as one of the world's leading producers of gemstones. It is known for its vast reserves of amethyst, topaz, aquamarine, tourmaline, and citrine. Other South American countries like Colombia (emeralds), Argentina (rhodochrosite), and Bolivia (amethyst, citrine) also have significant gemstone deposits.

AUSTRALIA is home to a diverse range of gemstones. The country produces notable quantities of opal, including the highly sought-after black opal from Lightning Ridge. Additionally, Australia is a significant producer of sapphire, diamond, zircon, and chrysoprase.

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: Gemstone mining in the USA dates back to the early 1800s when miners first discovered gems in the Appalachian Mountains.

The USA is known for its production of gemstones such as turquoise (Arizona and Nevada), opal (Nevada and Idaho), garnet (New York), and tourmaline (California and Maine). Mexico is renowned for its fire opal and other gemstones like amethyst, peridot, and obsidian.

CANADA produces significant amounts of diamonds, including high-quality gem-grade diamonds from the Northwest Territories.

These are just a few examples, as gemstones can be found in various regions worldwide. Each location may have its own unique gemstone deposits, contributing to the diversity of the global gemstone industry.

See you at the Promenade!

Join us at Maldon Promenade Park, Essex CM9 5JQ for your mining adventure and to take home your very own gemstones from all over the world!