Aquamarine and quartz from Chaffee County
Specimens provided by Dave Bunk
Photographs provided by Jeff Scovil
The mountain peaks of Mount Antero and Mount White in Chaffee County, Colorado are among the finest localities known for gem quality aquamarine. They are also among the highest in elevation, located at 13,000 to 14,200 feet. The granite rock of these peaks contains pegmatite bodies that are characterized by large miarolitic cavities containing the gem quality aquamarine crystals. The cavities are found through a vertical area of a mere 500 feet. The crystals in these cavities range in color from light blue to pale blue and deep aquamarine green, and in size from very small to 6 cm in length.
Aquamarine specimen from Mount Baldwin
Specimen provided by Dave Bunk
Photograph provided by Jeff Scovil
The aquamarine was adopted as the official state gemstone on April 30, 1971, by an act of the General Assembly. Citation: House Bill 1104, 1971; Colorado Revised Statute 24-80-912.