Gemstones Found in Arizona

      Peridot is Arizona's most valuable gemstone. It is often faceted and used in fashion jewelry.


      Turquoise is Arizona's second most valuable gemstone. It is fairly common and often associated with southwestern jewelry styles. American Indian jewelry often has turquoise cabochans set in sterling silver.


      Moissanite was discovered in a meteor crater in Arizona in 1893. Though pieces there are too small to be used for jewelry, it inspired Charles & Colvard to create lab versions of this stone.

    Other stones include: Agate, Jasper, Azur-Malachite and Garnet.

Arizona State Gemstones

    State Gemstone: Turquoise
    Turquoise was adopted as Arizona's State Gemstone in 1974.

    State Mineral: Fire Agate Fire Agate is said to be Arizona's State Mineral -- but I'm still looking for more information.

    State Fossil: Petrified Wood
    Petrified Wood was adopted as Arizona's State Fossil.

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