When Chalcedony replaces the parts of coral over millions of years,
it results in Agatized Coral. (This process also happens to wood
creating petrified wood.)
Agatized Coral is found in Tampa Bay, Withlacoochee/Suwannee River beds and the the Econfina River.
Conch pearl is pearl formed in a Conch Shell. Like other fresh water pearls,
it can be used in jewelry.
State Gemstone: Moonstone
Moonstone is not actually found in Florida. It was adopted in 1970 as a result of the Moon missions. Monstone is not found in Florida or on the moon.
State Stone: Agatized Coral Agatized Coral was adopted in 1979 as Florida's State Rock.
Useful Books & Bibliography:
- The Geology of Florida - by Anthony F. Randazzo (Editor), Douglas S. Jones (Editor)
The first geology of Florida to be published in more than thirty years.
- Florida With Kids 1998-1999 - by Bill McMillon
This complete traveler's reference covers all seven regions of the state, from Walt Disney World and spring training camps for professional baseball to hidden natural treasures.
- Florida Facts and Symbols (The States & Their Symbols Series) - by Emily McAuliffe
A childrens book on Florida facts & symbols.
- Guide to Florida Rocks, Minerals, Fossils - by Robert Anderson [currently backordered/out of stock]
A great way to learn more about Florida's rocks, minerals & fossils.
- Gemstones (Smithsonian Handbooks) - 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 2nd 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.
- 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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