Award-Winning Gift Shop & Gem Mine

Apex, North Carolina

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Angeline McInerny

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Angeline McInerny


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About TreasureQuestMining

Sales 14,259
On Etsy since 2016

Our Treasure Quest

Treasure Quest Mining springs out of our passion for spending time with our son and embarking on a true treasure hunt together. When we're not working, you'll often find us metal detecting, searching for fossils along the coast, or digging for gems in the mountains. We cherish those times spent on family vacations gem-hunting in the North Carolina mountains or searching for shells and sharks teeth at the beach. So much so, that we decided to bring that experience closer to home for kids and their families to enjoy. And so, we opened Treasure Quest Mining, an indoor gem mine and prehistoric gift shop in Apex, North Carolina. We invite Treasure Hunters young and old to mine for gems and minerals, dig for shells and fossils, and crack open geodes to reveal the beautiful crystals within.

We are a family-run, mom-pop-and-son, business in the truest sense. Our son enjoys helping our guests during their Treasure Quest, particularly when it comes to identifying their treasures. But then again, he has always loved playing with rocks and getting his hands dirty! We’ve definitely made this a family-affair and even our two dogs, Brooke and Ruby (yep, you guessed it – she was named after the precious gemstone), join in on the adventure.

We are continuously amazed and find ourselves in awe of the beautiful gems and minerals, seashells, and fossils we discover. It is important to us to honor and celebrate the natural beauty of these creations - they are truly earth's treasures. As such, we do not shape, color or alter in any way the natural stones, shells or fossils. Each piece carries with it the marks of time - both perfections and imperfections. And it is these markings that make the piece beautiful and one of a kind.

In our shop you will find, bulk items for sale for the craft, rare earth treasures and jewelry items. In addition to exploring our Easy shop, we invite you to visit our website to learn more about the gems, minerals, shells, and fossils in our collection. You can learn more about these treasures by visiting our identification pages:

We thank you for spending time exploring our treasures! We appreciate your business and support of our family-run adventure.

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  • Angeline


    We enjoy spending time with our son searching for treasure, gem mining and fossil hunting. That time spent together making memories and discovering the treasures in nature inspired us to create our family-run adventure - Treasure Quest Mining.

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Last updated on Aug 27, 2020
Frequently asked questions
When can I expect my package?

We ship quickly, processing orders within 1-2 business days. Your treasures will be packaged appropriately to ensure a safe journey. You will receive tracking information with your order, we encourage you to monitor the status of the package.

Given the current situation with COVID, you should expect minor to significant delays in receiving your package as the USPS services have been greatly impacted. Should you need an order by a specific date, please contact us before placing your order and let us know your timeline. We can provide guidance as to whether it is achievable.

Should the item have sustained damage during transit, please notify me within 3 days so I can begin working to resolve the issue.

Do you provide a packing slip or offer gift wrapping?

No and No. Save your digital receipt from Etsy as we do not provide you with a printed invoice or packing slip, we try to do our part to save resources.

In order to keep our costs low and pass the savings onto you, we have skipped the frills of fancy packaging and do not offer a gift-wrapping service. We do remove any price tags, so no worries there!

Do you include description or identification cards with my purchase?

To help keep our costs low and pass those savings on to you, we do not provide description or identification cards with the treasures. You are welcome to reference the descriptions and details we provide in our listings as a tool for your use. Thank you!

Are your items real?

All of the gems, minerals, and fossils we sell are authentic. Select stones are manmade and will be labeled as such in the product description (such as opalite or goldstone).

We take great pride in source the highest quality materials, from reputable sources, to ensure that you are investing your hard-earned dollars into an authentic piece. Nothing upsets us more than a marketplace flooded with fakes!

We are happy to answer any questions you may have, we want you to feel comfortable and confident in your purchase. We hope you enjoy your new, authentic, treasure!

Can I select my own piece?

In many cases, you may! Simply reach out to us BEFORE placing your order to allow us an opportunity to coordinate sending along some photographs of available pieces for you to choose from.

Keep in mind that the selection process may take an additional day or two, but it will be worth it! Requests submitted after the order is place will not be honored simply due to the sheer volume of outgoing packages - we will miss the request!

Due to the high number of requests for certain items, we do not offer the self-selection service. Thank you for understanding!

Do you offer bulk pricing or discounts?

We hand select only the best pieces for you, our online customer as we know you are not able to pick it out in person yourself! And we take great care to package it carefully. With the care and time we invest in each piece, we do not offer bulk discounts.

And we believe in treating all of our customers fairly, as such we do not offer individual, personalized discounts. We invite you to favorite our Etsy Shop and follow us on social. That is how you will learn of and can enjoy upcoming sales and promotions! Thank you for understanding.