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