With the approval of a bill proposed by Senator Don Hale, Cullman County, the star blue quartz was named the official gemstone for the State of Alabama by Act no. 90-203.
The following information was excerpted from The Code of Alabama 1975, Title 1, Chapter 2, Section 1-2-26.
Title 1 GENERAL PROVISIONS.
Chapter 2 STATE SYMBOLS AND HONORS.
Section 1-2-26 State gemstone.
The Star Blue Quartz is designated as the official gemstone for the State of Alabama.
(Acts 1990, No. 90-203, p. 240.)
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