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Franklin, NC west of Asheville, is also known as the, “Gem Capitol of the World.” There are gem mines and museums here that will intrigue men and women of all ages. Back in the late 1800’s, Tiffany and Company mined for rubies and gems in the area. Sheffield Mine is one of the oldest Ruby Mines still in operation in the Franklin, NC. Sheffield mine was once owned by Tiffany and Company, Other mines in other parts of western NC were sources for sapphires and emeralds.