Franklin, North Carolina: Ruby City Gem Museum: Shrunken Head

The town of Franklin got the nickname "Ruby City" because the land around it was once rich with gems. The exhibits here include an 835-pound amethyst from Brazil and a shrunken head from Peru.
Address:
130 E. Main St., Franklin, NC
Directions:
Downtown, on the south side of US Hwy 441/E. Main St. at its intersection with Patton Ave.
Hours:
M-F 10-4, Sa 10-3, fewer days and hours off-season. (Call to verify)
Phone:
828-524-3967
Admission:
Free
RA Rates:
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Ruby City Gems Free Museum.

Ruby City Gems, Free Museum

Ruby City is a gem and jewelry shop with a free museum in the basement. Beautiful displays and well worth the stop if you're in Franklin!

[Dina B. Reed, 05/08/2013]

The museum's displays include a 385-pound sapphire and a 162-carat ruby. At one time the land around Franklin was so rich with gems that it was leased to Tiffany.

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