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Although its population is the largest consumer of coloured gemstones in the world and even though some sixty different gems lie beneath its soils, only a very small percentage of the world’s gems are actually mined in the USA. In fact nearly all of its mines are very small scale and since the turn of the century it is reported that its annual output has dropped by around 30%. There are several American companies which own large scale gemstone mining operations in different countries. However, when it comes to the American’s home soil, most mining is run by family owned businesses and gem clubs.
Of its 50 states only five have any serious mining activities worth mentioning:
The San Carlos Apache reservation in Arizona is one of the world’s largest Peridot mining areas. The region also yields a smaller amount of Malachite and Turquoise.
In California, most of its famous gem mines are now closed, but they once produced reasonable quantities of Quartz and Tourmaline. Small companies are still able to obtain “fee-to-dig” licences in areas where commercial mines once stood. California is also where Morganite was first discovered.
In Montana, where there were once fourteen separate Sapphire mining companies, today there are only around half a dozen.
Oregon was once a state active in mining Opals, Agate and Jasper; today most of its mining activities focus on Oregon Sunstone.
The state gem of Utah is Topaz, athough historically, Utah produced gem-quality Snowflake and Mahogany Obsidian and some stunning Red Beryl.
Topaz is the state gem of Utah.
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