Learn about Minerals, Gems, Prospecting & Mining, how to find deposits, and where to dig:
You can easily learn about the Geology of where and how gems and minerals form from reading a few simple books, joining a local rock, gem, mineral or lapidary club, going to nearby gem & mineral shows, and/or by joining an online mineral forum. Some recommended reading is shown below on this page. After that, you can begin trying your luck at public fee dig mines. With a little more knowledge, you can even try to go out and prospect to find your own deposit to mine. Good luck and happy prospecting!
There are many rock, gem, mineral and lapidary clubs across the USA, and likely one in your area. Below is a link to the AFMS list of Rock & Mineral clubs by State. These clubs are a great place to learn and meet new friends!
I have outlined some of my favorite books below. Most of the book images have links to where copies can be purchased. Click on the book image.
MORE excellent books and reference material can be found at the following recommended sellers:
ONLINE SOURCES OF INFORMATION:
FRIENDS MINERAL FORUM
AMERICAN FEDERATION OF MINERALOGICAL SOCIETIES (AFMS)
Links to FEE DIGS & SHOPS, where you can pay to dig & find your own gems and minerals: