Have you ever considered being adventurous and going on a treasure hunt? If so, I would suggest doing this right here in the state of Colorado where gems abound! For instance, Aquamarine (that beautiful light blue/green gemstone) is so very prevalent in our state, that it is now officially named the Colorado State gemstone! Rhodochrosite (a pink and white material) is the Colorado State mineral. Now that our weather is warming up and the days are longer, you can start planning your first “rock hounding” trip, but first you will need a few things to make the experience a rewarding one. Go to your local bookstore and pick up a book to use as your guide along the way. May I suggest The Rockhounds Guide to Colorado by William A. Kappele. This book takes you to 78 of the best “rock hounding” sites in the state. From finding agate and fossils in the land of the dinosaurs to the 14,000 foot peak of Mount Antero where you can find some incredible Aquamarine.... This book will serve as your guide with accurate maps and clear route descriptions. On the Ute Indian Trail out of Salida that went to Manitou Springs, one can find such gemstones as peridot, epidote, pink quartz, white quartz, biotite, gold mica, pink feldspar, pyrite, magnetite, hematite, marble beryl, black obsidian known as “Apache Tears”, red garnets, topaz, and gold. Can you imagine what fun it would be to find your own gemstone? Over the years I have had customers drop by to show me what they have found while hiking or just walking on their own property here in Colorado! They bring their treasure to us for identification or to have it polished for jewelry purposes. Some people consider polishing the gem themselves and in those cases, I recommend they drive down to Ackley’s Rock and Gem Shop on Stone Street in Colorado Springs. Here, they will find all the equipment necessary to get started into the art of lapidary (gemstone cutting), which can be an exciting and profitable hobby! So, if you are planning on hiking around our state this summer, why not make it an adventure too? Take the kids and have some fun looking around...who knows.... You could even find a diamond (no kidding!) And when you come back to reality, stop by to show us your treasures!