Colorado Gems and Minerals
Colorado is a very plentiful state for the rockhounders/prospectors delight.
The state holds more than 774 different mineral types for the collectors to huntdown,
as well as the widest geological range (in years) of formations viewable to the naked eye in any state!
Colorado also has the highest/toughest collecting sites in north america.
The state of Colorado has produced many record finds over the years including "Tom's baby" at 13 lbs 9 oz for the state gold nugget record,
and Colorado produced north america's largest faceted diamond at 16.87 cts. after cutting and weighing in at a hefty 28 cts rough.
Colorado was #2 in US gold production for the year 2005 and today is the #1 producer of Molibdimum in the U.S.A.
Colorado's state mineral is Rhodochrosite and it's state gem is Aquamarine.
Colorado is the only state whose geological symbols are
red (rhodochrosite), white (yule marble), and blue (aquamarine).
Depending on which part of Colorado visited, the range of what minerals can be found varies greatly, from gold to gems/crystals and many fossils.
Through the following links listed below, you can find more information and pictures about many Colorado specimens,
which anyone could find themselves while out exploring (Y)OUR national lands.
Many of the following links are also of minerals or specimens we all discuss & work with at the ColoradoProspector website often.
Enjoy browsing the mineral information, pictures and uses.
Remember to be prepared while exploring your lands too, Colorado's weather can be unpredictable at anytime of the year and altitude is a concern.
Good luck on all your exploring/prospecting adventures! We hope everyone finds the goodies they seek!
Additional mineral/specimen information will be updated frequently so check back often.
Agate(Quartz), Alabandite, Alabaster, Albite, Allanite, Alleghanyite, Amazonite, Amethyst(Quartz), Andesine, Anglesite, Aquamarine, Aragonite, Arsenopyrite, Astrophyllite, Azurite
Barite, Beidellite, Bertrandite, Beryl, Beyerite, Bismuth, Bismuthinite, Bismutite, Bornite, Brannerite
Calaverite, Calcite, Carnotite, Cassiterite, Cerussite, Chalcanthite, Chalcedony(Quartz), Chalcocite, Chalcopyrite, Chalcosite, Chlorite, Chrysocolla, Chrysoprase, Cinnabar, Citrine(Quartz), Clevelandite, Coal, Coloradoite, Columbite, Colusite, Copper, Cordierite, Corundum, Covellite, Cuprite, Cyrtolite
Enargite, Epidote, Euclase Euxenite
Feldspar, Ferrimolybdite, Florencite, Fluocerite, Fluorite, Fluorapatite, Fluorspar, Friedelite, Fremontite
Gadolinite, Gahnite, Galena, Garnet, Geode, Goethite, Goslarite, Graphite, Gold, Gypsum
Helvite, Hematite, Hematite After Siderite, Hemimorphite, Hornblende, Huebnerite
Lapis, Lead, Lepidolite, Limestone, Limonite
Magnetite, Malachite, Manganese, Marble, Massicot, Melanterite, Mica, Microcline, Microlite, Millerite, Molybdenite, Molybdenum, Monazite, Montebrasite, Muscovite
Nahcolite, Natrolite, Natromontebrasite
Petrified Wood(Quartz), Phenakite, Pitchblende, Pyrargyrite, Pyrite, Pyrochlore, Pyrolusite, Pyrophyllite, Pyroxmangite
Rhodochrosite, Rhodonite, Riebeckite, Rutile
Sanidine, Sapphire, Scheelite, Selenite, Sericite, Silver, Spessartine, Sphalerite, Staurolite
Tantalite, Tektite, Tephroite, Tetrahedrite, Thorite, ThunderEggs,
Thuringite, Titanium, Topaz, Torbernite, Tourmaline, Travertine, Triplite, Tungsten, Turquoise
Uralite, Uranium, Uvarovite
Vanadium, Vermiculite, Vivianite
Zeolites, Zinc, Zircons