The Beading Daily blog was interesting this morning. It was about state gemstones. Yes, apparently most states have an official gemstone to go along with the state flower, bird, etc. I did a little research and can you believe I live in a state that does not have an official gemstone?! All the surrounding states do, but not Virginia. Tennessee and Kentucky have the same gemstone--freshwater pearls.
North Carolina's is emerald.
And, West Virginia's is fossil coral Lithostrotionella. Have to say, I had never heard of this one!
I started trying to decide what a good state gemstone for Virginia would be, and I decided on black diamond.
I live in a coal mining region, and the black diamond above looks a lot like coal. Yes, I think that would work out quite well. I could live with one of these on my finger--to honor the state, of course:
Not sure I could convince my husband to buy me one... :)