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Connecticut State Symbols: State Mineral Almandine Garnet

Although Connecticut doesn't have a state gemstone, it does have a state mineral that is also a gemstone - the group of garnets classified as almandine (iron aluminum garnet).  These garnets are found in numerous locations throughout Connecticut: the most famous spots for finding garnets include Colchester, Redding and Roxbury.  Most garnets found in Connecticut are deep burgundy red, often with some brown undertones.  Gem quality garnets in the state are fairly rare, although some nice ones have been found.  This photo of Connecticut garnet crystals comes from erefe

Rockhounding in Colorado

In poking around for information on rockhounding in Colorado, I found too much information to share! For example, just in the Salida, CO (again in Chaffee County) area I found:

Brown's Canyon; follow Chaffee County Roads 193 and 194. Old mines can be found off the side roads. You can locate fluorite, placer gold and copper. Dig through the tailings.

Marshall Pass: along the old abandoned railroad grade you can find jasper, marble, geodes, picture sandstone, rhyolite, and fossils.

California Rockhounding

So, that wraps up California. I'll start on Colorado next week.

BTW there are so many other things to look for in California. You can find tourmaline at the Himalaya Mine in Santa Ysabel and at the Pala Chief Mine, Ocean View Mine or Stewart Mine just outside San Diego. Nephrite jade can be found in many areas of the state. If you go to California, check out some of these museums that have great displays of interest to rockhounds of all ages. There are many more!

Rockhounding in Alabama

 Over 190 mineral species can be found in Alabama.  Included are agates, amethyst, andalulsite, apatite, calcite, emeralds, fluorite, ilmenite, magnetite, monazite, onyx, opal, rutile, tourmaline, turquoise and gold.  

Rock Finds and Rock Shows - Family Entertainment

As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, it's rock show season.  Lots of places to go look at rocks, buy rocks, get information about rocks and find jewelry.  I have a bad habit of going to these shows and getting sidetracked.  I always make a list of specific rocks and metals that I'm looking for, but somehow I always come home with items that were NOT on that list.  I am easily distracted by shiny things!

It's Nearly Mined Out!

Although no one would suggest I actually need more rocks at my house, that doesn't stop me from looking for more.  And, when I'm at home I sometimes have the gem and jewelry shopping channels on in the background.  The hosts are usually pretty knowledgeable about gemstones and jewelry.  Many are GIA certified. And, they have to keep up on what is going on in the field of gemstones and jewelry - it's their job!

The Really Big Show

If you are a rock hound or someone who loves gems, minerals, fossils, and/or jewelry, the place to be right now is Tucson, Arizona.  As Ed Sullivan used to say, "ladies and gentlemen, we've got a really big shew."  And it is - big. 

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