Montana Agate

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Montana moss agate beads

Montana moss agate beads; photo by mirvettium on Flickr (noncommercial use permitted with attribution / no derivative works).

Official State Gem Stone of Montana

Montana designated Montana agate as an official state gem stone in 1969 (sapphire was also designated a state gemstone in the same legislation). All State Gemstones

Agates are found in southern and eastern Montana (agate is found in abundance along the Yellowstone River). Agate is polished (not cut) to make gemstones and jewelry. Agates are usually white with swirls of grey and black spots.

The Montana Council of Rock and Mineral Clubs asked the legislature to declare both the sapphire and Montana agate as Montana’s official state gemstones.



Montana moss agate; photo by Brooks Britt on Wikipedia (public domain image).

Montana moss agate

Raw Montana agate (unpolished); photo by picbot on Flickr (use permitted with attribution / share alike).

Unpolished Montana agate


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