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January 1, 2013

Part of the 2006 industrial minerals review. During 2006, total U.S. gemstone trade with all countries and territories exceeded $28.3 billion. Estimates indicate that U.S. gemstone markets accounted for over 35 percent of world gemstone demand in 2006. Natural gemstone production from U.S. deposits during 2006 was worth an estimated $13.3 million, a slight decrease from 2005, and included agates, amber, beryl, coral, garnet, jade, jasper, opal, pearl, quartz, sapphire, shell, topaz, tourmaline, turquoise, and many other gem materials. Laboratory-created gemstone production in the U.S. was worth an estimated $47.4 million, a 7 percent drop compared to 2005 production.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2007
Title Gemstones
Authors D.W. Olson
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Mining Engineering
Index ID 70045643
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization National Minerals Information Center