Jewelry connoisseurs recognize the allure of emeralds from Colombia, sapphires from Sri Lanka and rubies from Thailand. But did you know that beautiful gemstones can be found in the United States?

On this page, you’ll find stories about the discovery, history and lore of American gemstones. Some of these gemstones are uniquely American. I’ll be adding more stories, so please check back frequently.

To read about sapphires in Montana, please click: Thar’s Gold in Them Thar Hills … Or is There?

A rare type of garnet occurs only in the Navajo Nation in Arizona. Watch a video and read more by clicking: Watch Out for Mining Ants.

This story about a Michigan gem is cheating, but it’s such a fun tale that I’m including it here: What Unusual Gems Do Fashionable Women Wear?