The mineral-rich grounds of the USA don't come much more renowned than in the fascinating western state of Colorado. Its unique, rocky landscape makes for incredible holiday destinations for gem collectors and jewellery enthusiasts - not to mention the unforgettable field trips for American schoolchildren. It is known that some of the finest gemstones of the world have come out of the abounding mines of the varied state.
The Pikes Peak region in the middle of Colorado, slightly to the west of Colorado Springs, is a world-famous site for the mining and collecting of high-quality gemstones - it is perhaps most famous for its striking combination of Amazonite and smoky quartz, which can be found in great quantities across the region. You can explore the existence of Amazonite in one of the most geologically significant locations in North America here with Monica Vinader.