Idaho State Nickname

The Gem State

Idaho is commonly referred to as the "Gem State." This nickname was officially adopted in 1890, the year Idaho became the 43rd state of the United States. The moniker highlights the state's rich and diverse natural resources, including its gemstones and minerals. Idaho is renowned for its production of gem-quality garnets, star garnets (Idaho's state gem), opals, jasper, and other precious stones. The term "Gem State" not only recognizes the state's geological wealth but also symbolizes the overall beauty and value found in Idaho's landscapes and resources, contributing to its unique and distinct identity within the United States.