Arkansas is known for its high quality Quartz - regarded as some of the world's best. The quartz in the Ouachita Mountains, Arkansas contains very little contaminant.
One can visit Ron Coleman's Quartz Crystal Mines and dig your own crystals - pay an entrance fee and take everything you find (if you don't find your fees worth - you can select from their yard area).
Arkansas had the first diamond mine in the US. The two largest diamonds discovered in North America came from Arkansas. Crater of Diamonds State Park, in southwest Arkansas, is the only place where you can find and keep a diamond.
Less common stones include: Bauxite, Slate, and Agate.
Visit Rockhounding Arkansas for more information on digging your own gemstones.
State Gemstone: Diamond
Diamond was adopted as Arkansas's State Gemstone in 1967.
State Mineral: Quartz Crystal
Quartz Crystal was adopted as Arkansas's State Gemstone in 1967.
Useful Books & Bibliography:Arkansas:
- The Insiders' Guide(r) to Branson & the Ozark Mountains - by Kate Klise, Crystal Payton (Contributor)
A complete guide to the Ozarks including up-to-date information on accommodations, restaurants, festivals and events, recreation, mountain lore, local history, things of special interest for kids, and much more!
- Gemstones - by Cally Hall
A field guide to gemstones. Nice pictures and good, brief, well-written descriptions of over 130 varieties of gemstones.
- The Curious Lore of Precious Stones - by George Frederick Kunz
The definitive book on fascinating, traditional gem lore. Very practical.
- Gem Identification Made Easy: A Hands-On Guide to More Confident Buying & Selling New 3rd Edition - by Antoinette L. Matlins & Antonio C. Bonanno
This book is really great for knowing he latest gems, synthetics, treatments, and instruments. Easy to use.
- 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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