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Official State Minerals

Official minerals listed by state. (List by state or year)
StateList by state Name Designated as Year
Alabama Hematite (Red iron ore) Official mineral 1967
Alaska Gold Official state mineral 1968
Arizona [ None ]    
Arkansas Quartz crystal Official state mineral 1967
California Native gold Official state mineral and mineralogic emblem 1965
Colorado Rhodochrosite State mineral 2002
Connecticut Garnet State mineral 1977
Delaware Sillimanite Official state mineral 1977
Florida [ None ]    
Georgia Staurolite Official Georgia state mineral 1976
Hawaii [ None ]    
Idaho [ None ]    
Illinois Calcium flouride (Flourite) Official state mineral 1965
Indiana [ None ]    
Iowa [ None ]    
Kansas [ None ]    
Kentucky Coal Official mineral 1998
Louisiana Agate Official state gemstone
Official state mineral
1976
2011
Maine Tourmaline Official mineral 1971
Maryland [ None ]    
Massachusetts Babingtonite Mineral or mineral emblem 1971
Michigan [ None ]    
Minnesota [ None ]    
Mississippi [ None ]    
Missouri Galena Official mineral 1967
Montana [ None ]    
Nebraska [ None ]    
Nevada [ None ]    
New Hampshire Beryl Official state mineral 1985
New Jersey [ None ]    
New Mexico [ None ]    
New York [ None ]    
North Carolina Gold Aurum Official state mineral 2011
North Dakota [ None ]    
Ohio [ None ]    
Oklahoma [ None ]    
Oregon [ None ]    
Pennsylvania [ None ]    
Rhode Island Bowenite Official state mineral 1966
South Carolina [ None ]    
South Dakota Rose quartz Official state mineral stone 1966
Tennessee Agate Official state mineral 2009
Texas [ None ]    
Utah Copper State mineral 1994
Vermont Talc State mineral 1992
Virginia [ None ]    
Washington [ None ]    
West Virginia [ None ]    
Wisconsin Galena (Lead sulfide) State mineral 1971
Wyoming [ None ]    
Rocks and Minerals

Rocks and Minerals, written and edited by Caroline Bingham. 48 pages. Publisher: DK CHILDREN; 1st edition (January 2004) Reading level: Ages 5-8.

Eye Wonder Rocks and Minerals introduces geologic elements to budding scientists - Did you know that the amount of gold in any material is measured in carats and that 24-carat gold is pure gold? Find out facts like this and much more in this fascinating guide to rocks and minerals.

Rocks and Minerals (DK Pocket Series)

Rocks and Minerals (DK Pocket Series), by Dorling Kindersley, Ltd. 160 pages. Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc.; Revised edition (June 2003) Reading level: Ages 10-17.

Minerals are solid mixtures of chemicals that each have a unique set of characteristics - just like a fingerprint. Find out how these minerals bind together to form rocks and much, much more.

Collecting Rocks, Gems & Minerals: Easy Identification

Collecting Rocks, Gems & Minerals: Easy Identification, by Patti Polk. 272 pages. Publisher: Krause Publications (May 13, 2010)

Collecting Rocks, Gems and Minerals takes you from having a casual interest in rocks to being a true collector, and it serves as the only book of its kind to have values for these beautiful offerings from nature. The easy-to-use, and durable design of this book makes it the perfect guide to use out in the field, and it:

  • Covers both lapidary and mineral display materials
  • Includes organics such as amber, bone, coral, pearl and shell
  • Lists chemical group, system, hardness, opacity, fracture, specific gravity and more
  • Provides values and tips for locating, buying and collecting
  • Contains 650+ full-color photos
Rocks & Minerals (Smithsonian Handbooks)

Rocks & Minerals (Smithsonian Handbooks), by Chris Pellant. 256 pages. Publisher: Dorling Kindersley (September 1, 2010)

600 incredible photos, precise annotations and detailed descriptions - from the distinguishing features of rocks to which crystal system a mineral belongs to - will help you identify different rocks and minerals quickly and easily. Covers everything from what rocks or minerals are, how they are classified to how to start a collection.

Perfect for rocks and mineral lovers - a comprehensive guide for collectors.