Gemstones: A diversity of gemstones are produced from mines throughout the United States. Top row: malachite and azurite cabochon Arizona , a rough ruby North Carolina , a faceted orange sunstone Oregon , a teardrop variscite cabochon Utah. Second row: a Vesuvianite cabochon California , a freshwater cultured pearl Tennessee , a cabochon of Montana Moss Agate Montana , a handful of diamonds Arkansas. Third row: two pieces of aquamarine rough Colorado , an opal cabochon Idaho , a faceted bicolor tourmaline Maine , a faceted fire opal Nevada. Scroll down to read more about these gems and others. A surprising diversity of gemstones are produced within the United States. Did you know that Montana is the home of world-famous sapphire localities, and that emeralds , rubies , and sapphires are all found in North Carolina?
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Gem hunting is like playing the geological lottery. One person may spend hours performing backbreaking work and pay fees for access to mine tailings only to find a few semiprecious stones that aren't worth much. Another person may randomly reach into a pile of dirt and pull out a diamond worth thousands of dollars. Looking for interesting gems and crystals can be a rewarding hobby, even if you don't hit the jackpot. Many recreational gem hunters enjoy spending time outdoors, learning about geology and hanging out with their gem-hunting friends.
A fascinating treasure hunt awaits you in the Centennial State. Rockhounding Colorado takes you to nearly one hundred of the best rockhounding sites in the state. Search for amethyst and quartz at the Crystal Hill Mine.