U. S. States and their Official Gemstone

All 50 states have their own motto, bird and flower and almost every state has an official gemstone, mineral or rock, one which is generally native to that state. In some cases, a state may have all 3 (ie: Alabama, Colorado, Massachusetts and New Hampshire). Sometimes, a state’s nickname is named after their stone. For

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Lapis Lazuli

  Lapis Lazuli is a rock and NOT a mineral. This is because rocks are defined as ANY composition of 2 or more minerals and Lapis can be a composition of many minerals (see next paragraph). Minerals, on the other hand, are substances which always have the same chemical make-up. ie: Quartz always contains silicon

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