100+ Gems - Photos of over 100 beautiful gems ranging from the popular to the obscure.
Emerald is the most popular green gemstone in the United States and most of the world.
Pictures of Opal A collection of different types of opal from all around the world and Mars too!
||Ruby and Sapphire
Ruby and Sapphire are the 2nd and 3rd most popular colored stones in the United States.
Tanzanite was unknown until a few decades ago but it has erupted into wide popularity.
||Gems from Space
Extraterrestrial Gems A number of materials from space have been used as attractive gems.
Labradorite is a feldspar gem that can produce bright flashes of iridescent color.
Turquoise A blue to bluish- green gem material that has been used for over 6000 years.
|All About Diamonds
Diamond a collection of photos, articles, facts, maps and graphs about diamonds.
Topaz is a popular birthstone and the #8 mineral in the Mohs Hardness Scale.
||Ruby and Sapphire
Ruby & Sapphire are gem corundums - ruby when red, sapphire when other colors.
Gemstones of the World : A book by Robert Schumann. Over one million copies sold.
United States Gemstones Small mines in the U.S. produce a diversity of gemstones.
||Ant Hill Garnets
Ant Hill Garnets are tiny garnets that ants haul to the surface and discard on their anthill. Honest!
Ammolite is a fossil and a gemstone. It is shell material from fossil ammonites.
Fee Mining sites are mines that you can enter, pay a fee, and keep anything that you find.
Peridot is the gem variety of olivine. Derived from the mantle and rarely from meteorites.
||What Is Jade?
Jade has been used as a gemstone and a tool-making material for for 1000s of years.
Garnet is best known as a red gemstone. It occurs in any color and has many industrial uses.
Chatoyant Gems look like the eye of a cat. They have a line of light that moves across the gem.
Blood Diamonds Illegally-traded diamonds that may have been stolen or used to fund conflict.
Fire Opal is a transparent to translucent opal with a yellow, orange or red background color.
Spinel The gemstone that was confused with ruby and sapphire for over 1000 years.
Ametrine is a bicolor quartz (amethyst + citrine) and a gemstone of growing popularity.
Sunstone A feldspar with aventurescence caused by tiny copper inclusions.
||US Diamond Mines
US Diamond Mines Where are diamonds mined in the United States?
Organic Gems are gems formed from or by plants or animals. They might also be fossils.
Star Garnets are found in only a few locations worldwide. They are the state gems of Idaho.
|Amazing Agate Photos
Beautiful Agates A gallery of spectacular agate photos and descriptions by Richard Weston.
Scapolite can be a pretty faceted stone or a translucent cab with cats eye and iris effects.
Petrified Wood is a fossilized wood that often serves as a colorful gem material.
Kyanite is a metamorphic mineral that sometimes has a gemmy transparent blue color.
Cabochons A photo gallery of cabochon gemstones from around the world.
Rock Tumblers are machines that slowly turn rough rock into beautiful gemstones.
Diamonds Do Not Form From Coal Learn several reasons why the coal origin is false.
You Can Be A Diamond Miner! At the Crater of Diamonds mine you can keep what you find.
Iolite is the gem variety of the mineral cordierite. An alternative to sapphire and tanzanite.
Strontium Titanate is a man-made diamond simulant with a fire much stronger than diamond.
||Facts About Diamonds
Facts About Diamonds You are a diamond expert if you know all of these!
Spodumene is an ore of lithium and the mineral of the gems kunzite and hiddenite.
Iris Agate can produce a rainbow of colors when light passes between its thin bands.
Malachite has served as a gem material, pigment and ore of copper for thousands of years.
Rhodochrosite : a manganese mineral used as an ore, a pink gem and an ornamental stone.
Andalusite is a gem that exhibits strong pleochroism and often has sets of oriented inclusions.
Zoisite is a diverse gem. Tanzanite, thulite and anyolite are three of its gem varieties.
||US Gem Production
U.S. Gemstone Production is very low compared to the U.S. being the largest consumer.
Rhodonite is a pink manganese silicate used as a gemstone, an ornamental stone and an ore.
Synthetic Diamonds of spectacular quality are now being produced in labs.
Chrysoberyl an extreme gem. Its hardness is 8.5, can display chatoyance or color-change.
Turritella Agate is a brown agate containing snail fossils from the Green River Formation.
Diamonds are mined in many countries and their relative importance changes frequently.
Helenite is a man-made glass produced by fusing ash from the 1980 Mount St. Helens eruption.
Peanut Wood? Yes! It is a very interesting gem material found in Western Australia.
Petrified Palm is often confused with petrified wood, but it is a distinctly different material.