Idaho is one of the only two places in the world that you can find star garnets. The other place is India.
The "star" in Star Garnets is formed by small inclusions of rutile crystals. The star garnet is valued for its healing abilities.
Looking for star garnets is a fun way to spend a family vacation. That is if you don't mind getting dirty!
If you would like to go to your own Garnets go to the Emerald Creek Garnet Area in Clarkia, Idaho (the panhandle of Idaho.)
To reach the garnet collecting site, follow Highway 3 south to Road 447 from St. Maries, Idaho. Continue southwest on Road 447 to the parking area. Permits are available at the sluice area which is half a mile walk up the 281 Gulch.
The "Star of Idaho" - reported to be 3322 carats and the world's largest six-rayed star garnet. Star garnet is only found in Idaho (USA) and in India. (Gemstonelist.com)