I haven't been out a lot this year, but I got a chance to hit Gold'n Gem Grubbin in Cleveland, GA on the way back from our Gulf Beach Trip.
I put this in Rock Hounding, because I didn't find much gold at all, but holy cow on the gems. If I get a chance to get it all cleaned up, I'll post a pic, but I will say I was a bit disappointed in the Gold. We were running my highbanker and was really able to chew through the buckets. Lots of clay, I mean lots and a boil box was a necessity. Wish I would have taken some video of the unit running, worked really well and spit out the big gems right out the back.
They were digging in the pit when we were there, but none of the new dirt was put out at the creek yet. Early samples said that dirt was better as far as gold goes, but I didn't get ahold of any.
The wife enjoyed the gems though. Pic below is just 1 day's take, we were there for 2.
Amethyst, Garnet, Topaz, Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald, Citrine, Smoky Quartz, Rutilated Quartz with beautiful gold rutile, Pyrite and some other stuff.
Biggest Ruby was 24g which if my calculations are correct, comes out to 120 carats. We ended up with over 400 carats of just rubies. The wife took one of the 42 carat ones, and a topaz and had the ring below make. Turned out pretty nice, center stone is 2.5 carat with 6 white topaz around it. She loves it which is the main thing!! My niece also got the pendant below made from an amethyst and it also turned out really nice.
I also ran into Doc from Gold Hog the 2nd day we were there. He gave me some panning lessons at the creek and hung out for a little while. It was really cool meeting him!!
If anyone is planning a trip or thinking about heading down to this area, you have to check out this place. People are outstanding, gems are awesome, gold is hit or miss but I think I would have done better with a dredge.