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Alabama State Symbols - State Gemstone Blue Star Quartz

Designated in 1990, the state gemstone of Alabama is star blue quartz. It's a very specific type of quartz that appears to be clear to milky, but shows its blue color in direct sunlight. It is a macrocrystalline (big crystal) quartz with fibrous inclusions of magnesiorbecktite or crocidolite. These fibrous inclusions cause asterism (a star to show on the surface) when properly cut and polished. Some of these blue stones have multiple stars or single stars with up to 10 rays!

The State Symbols - Rocks and Minerals from Each of the States

A while back I started a Facebook page and over the years that I've had that page, I've shared information about rocks and gemstones.  Right now, I'm covering the rocks, minerals, gemstones and fossils of our fifty states.  Because the information can be difficult to locate in a Facebook timeline, I've decided to share the information here on my blog as well. 

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!

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