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A beautiful lilac to deep purple member of the Quartz family. The birthstone for February and can be found in North Carolina.

Aquamarine Aquamarine
Glassy light blue color of the mineral Beryl. Related to Emeralds and used as a birthstone for the month of March. Although a rare gem, Aquamarine can be found in North Carolina, especially in the mountains.
Agate Agate
This stone is a member of the Quartz family and comes in a large variety of earthtone colors. Agate can be found in many places in North Carolina.
Garnet Garnet
Deep red ( Almandine and Pyrope Garnet) to pink-red mineral (Rhodolite). Garnet is the birthstone for January. Rhodolite and is rarer than most of the other types of Garnet. Garnet is abundant in North Carolina
Smoky Quartz Smoky Quartz
Another color of Quartz. This light to rootbeer brown stone is cut and polished into gemstones. It is common in North Carolina.

Commonly found in crystal shapes, Quartz is mined for use in many products, especially for the Silicon element within it, that is used for making computer micro-chips. It is a part of many of the rocks in North Carolina. When cut, this gem can shine like a diamond, so it can be used as a birthstone for April.

Rose Quartz

Rose Quartz
A pretty pink color of the mineral Quartz. It is not common, but can be found in North Carolina. Can be used as a birthstone for the month of October.

Emerald Emerald
One of the rarest of Beryl minerals and a very expensive gemstone. Grass-green in color and used for the May birthstone. North Carolina is the only place in North America where this gem is found.

The “King of Gems”. This red to purple-red color of the mineral Corundum is one of the hardest gems. It is very expensive and used as the birthstone for July. Some North Carolina rubies will display a “star” effect when polished.

Sapphire Sapphire
This member of the Corundum family is most thought of as blue, but also comes in pink, green, yellow, and other beautiful colors. North Carolina has several colors including blue, blue-grey, pink, black and sometimes “star” gems. Blue Sapphire is September’s birthstone.
Unakite Unakite
This stone is an odd mix of green (Epidote) and orange colors (Orange Feldspar). It is used as a gemstone and is found in the mountains of North Carolina. It is named for the Unaka Indians.
Amazonite Amazonite
This beautiful blue-green color of the mineral Feldspar is cut into gemstones. It may be named after the Amazon river in South America, but it is found in many places in North Carolina.
Moonstone Moonstone
A pearlescent white, peach, and sometimes grey color of Feldspar. When polished, this gems pearly shine sure looks like the moon at night. Found in North Carolina and used as a birthstone for June.
Peridot Peridot
Small and olive-green in color, this stone is harder to find in North Carolina than some of the others, but a few mines in the mountains produce this August birthstone. When the crystals of this mineral are very small, the stone is called Olivine.



North Carolina Mineral Museum off the Blue Ridge Parkway in Spruc Pine NC

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