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Mexico has a long and storied history with gemstones. Records from the Aztec and Mayan civilizations document their use for medicinal and spiritual purposes. This tradition continues today with a vibrant community of crystal healers, collectors, and those seeking answers in the unknown.

Mexican Gemstones Original Locations

Mexico is a land of great geological diversity, with mountains and volcanic zones providing perfect sites for gemstone formation. Three locations are particularly famous for the gemstones they offer:


This is where many of Mexico's amazing Fire Opals come from. Fire Opals have a rainbow iridescence that you can't find anywhere else in the world!


Turquoise from this region is considered the best in all of Mexico. The Necozera mine in the northern part of this area produces most of the Mexican Turquoise that you'll find in the international market.

The Chiapas caves

The epicenter of Mexico's Amber production, the Chiapas caves also offer plentiful deposits of Jade—so if you're in the market for these beautiful gemstones, this is the place to go!

Complete List of Mexican Gemstones

FAQs on Mexican Gemstones

  • Mexico is home to a dazzling array of gemstones, including Jade, Turquoise, Obsidian, Fluorapatite, Topaz, Red Imperial Jasper, Amazonite, Fire Opal, and Amber.

  • Aztecs valued Turquoise, Jade, and Opal for their spiritual and material properties. These gems were often crafted into jewelry, tools, and sculptures that depicted Aztec gods and royalty.

  • While the Mayans used a variety of different gemstones, they were particularly fond of Jade. This mineral was used to create jewelry and tools that embodied their beliefs in the power of divination and magic.

  • The Fire Opal. This vivid gemstone can range from deep oranges to bright reds depending on how it is hit by light.

  • The most famous blue gem from Mexico is undoubtedly Turquoise.

  • Though some scholars believe the first Jade specimens in Mexico were imported from Guatemala, we now know that the country is home to a large number of native Jade deposits.

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