The Only Place In The Country You Can Find This Incredibly Rare Gem Is Right Here In Idaho

Everybody knows Idaho is called the Gem State, but few know exactly why. Well, our state is one of the largest producers of precious gems in the country. But the most unique gem — which happens to be our designated “state gem” — is the star garnet. This rare gem is only found in two places in the entire world: Idaho and India. But wait, there’s more. You can even dig up your own garnets and take them home!

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Have you gone garnet “hunting?” Did you know this was a thing? Idaho is full of geologic wonders! Be sure to check out our article on one of the Oddest Geologic Wonders In Idaho.