The official gemstone of Alabama is the Star Blue Quartz. In 1990 a Alabama State Senator, Don Hale from Cullman County, proposed the Blue Star Quartz as the state gemstone in 1990 in Act No. 90-203 and was approved by the Legislature. Quartz is widely found in the world in all sorts of rocks including sandstone and granite. Since Quartz is so readily available in the world this leaves it as an inexpensive gemstone.