Quartz is often used for simple jewelry.
There is lots of Jade in Alaska including an entire mountain of jade on the Seward Peninsula.
State Gemstone: Jade
State Mineral: Gold
Useful Books & Bibliography:
- Roadside Geology of Alaska (Roadside Geology Series) - by Cathy Connor, Daniel O'Haire
Alaska Geology book. There are no better books for roadside geologizing than the Roadside Geology series.
- The Curious Lore of Precious Stones - by George Frederick Kunz
The definitive book on fascinating, traditional gem lore. Very practical.
- Gemstone Identification Made Easy, Third Edition: A Hands-On Guide to More Confident Buying & Selling - by Antoinette L . Matlins (Author), Antonio C. Bonanno (Author)
Guide to identifying gemstones easily and understandably.
- Gemstone Buying Guide: A Guide to Buying - by Renee Newman
Very nice gemstone identification book.
- Simon and Schuster's Guide to Gems and Precious Stones - by C. Ciprianai, Kennie Lyman (Editor), Alessando Borelli
This book is one inch thick and every facing page has a full colored photo of gems or precious stones. Hardness, weights, cuts, refractions, and value of color are given for each gem.
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