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New Mexico State Gem:

Turquoise & coral bola tieOpaque turquoise - click to see all state gemstones
Turquoise and coral bola tie made by Navajo & Zuni Indians in Arizona or New Mexico - photo from Gold Mountain Mining Company. See All State Gemstones.

Turquoise

New Mexico designated turquoise as the official state gem in 1967. Probably one of the oldest gemstones known, turquoise is an opaque, blue-to-green mineral. Only the prized robin's egg blue color is used to make gemstones. The majority of the world's finest-quality turquoise comes from western and southwestern United States, the largest producer of turquoise in the world.

Opaque turquoise  - click to see all state gemstonesTransluscent turquoise - click to see all state gemstones
Turquoise gemstones - photo © International Colored Gemstone Association (ICA): Turquoise. See All Gemstone Symbols.

Turquoise has been used extensively by both southwestern U.S. Native Americans and by many of the Indian tribes in Mexico since about 200 B.C. to make solid turquoise beads, carvings, and inlaid mosaics. Nearly all important deposits of turquoise are located near copper deposits in arid desert regions of the world.

Turquoise pebble - click to see all state gemstones
Turqoise pebble - photo by Adrian Pingstone / The Best Links.com: Turquoise. See All Gemstone Symbols.
Source:
Turquoise: USGS
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