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Item# GAR0709001
XLSpessartite Garnet Crystal on
Rhyolite Matrix  from Ely, NV
$49.95
"The Garnet Hill rock hound recreation area  in White Pine County is located about 4 miles Northwest of Central Ely
in the Eagan mountain range. The major access road to this area joins US Highway 50 about 6.4 miles West of the
traffic signal at US 395 and US 50 junction in Ely.  The area is locally referred to as Garnet Hill and this nationally
known rock hounding area is famous for its very dark colored garnets found in a flow banded rhyolitic volcanic rock.
Most rock hounds search for garnets at this location in one of two different ways.  The first method involves visually
searching the surface and nearby drainages for the dark colored stones that have weathered from the pink to gray
colored rhyolitic rock. Small garnets which have come loose from the host rock are spread here and there around
the area and their very dark color contrasts strongly with the local rock and soil.  Using this visual hunting method
usually does find some stones, and the finds come with the least amount of work involved.  The garnets collect in
small gullies and drainage areas because they are heavier than the surrounding rock in a manner much like a
placer gold deposit.  The second method is used by other, more energetic rock hounds, who will work to break
open the Garnet bearing rock with hammers and chisels.  These tough workers seek to break open the hard rock
and reveal any gems hidden within.  This is a popular method and the best one for locating the finest specimens of
Garnet, where the stones are still attached to the mother rock.  If one seeks to use this method, it is necessary to
bring sharp chisels and heavy crack hammers to break open the hard unweathered rhyolite stone.  It is also very
hard work.
The Garnet usually occurs as single crystals attached within small cavities known as vugs.  The Garnet bearing vugs
seem to occur in specific mineralized zones and areas, and these are confined to certain areas and not randomly
dispersed and even manner through the rhyolitic rock.  When searching for a zones which will contain the Garnet,
perhaps the best clue is the presence of veins are cavities which are lined with sugary, sparkling light gray tridymite,
a high temperature version of Quartz. Collectors have worked this spot for many decades, and broken waste
material and rubble completely covers the ground in some areas, burying any potential Garnet bearing host rocks.  
Often, unless one works within the established pits, a considerable amount of work to move this rubble will be
required.
The garnets are deposited in open cavities from the vapor phase, and are mixture of spessartine and almandine
Garnet.  The crystals exhibit sharp terminations and a sparkling luster.  They are dark maroon red to black and
average between one quarter to one half inch in size.  On rare occasions they do occur in sizes up to nearly 1 inch
these are extremely attractive, and make fine specimens.  Normally only one Garnet Crystal occurs in each cavity,
but there are exceptions when two or more garnets are present."
information courtesy of
http://nevada-outback-gems.com/Rockhound/Nevada_garnet_Ely.htm
This is a super nice Spessartite Garnet from Garnet Hill in Ely , Nevada .  The
garnet  has super high luster faces  and is very sharp and well formed .  The
crystal is in an exposed drusy lined vug in a matrix of pink rhyolite.. It weighs
1lb (457g) and measures roughly 3.8 x 2.4 x 2.2 inches ( 97 x 61 x 56 mm)
and the Garnet Crystal measures about 14 x 10 x 6mm
Polishers Laps Saws
This is a very nice Spessartite Garnet from Garnet Hill in Ely , Nevada .  The garnet  has super high luster
faces  and is very sharp and well formed, one face has a natural fracture.  The crystal is in an exposed
drusy lined vug in a matrix of pink rhyolite.. It weighs 1.17lb (530g) and measures roughly 5.3 x 4.6 x 1.2
inches ( 134 x 116 x 30 mm) and the Garnet Crystal measures about 11 x 9 x 6mm
Item# GAR0709002
XLSpessartite Garnet Crystal on
Rhyolite Matrix  from Ely, NV

$46.95
Item# GAR0709003
LG Spessartite Garnet Crystal
on Rhyolite Matrix  from Ely, NV

$42.95
This is a stunning Spessartite Garnet from Garnet Hill in Ely , Nevada .  The garnet  has super high luster
faces  and is very sharp and well formed.  The crystal is in an exposed drusy lined vug in a matrix of pink
rhyolite.. It weighs 0.85lb (384g) and measures roughly 5.5 x 3.2 x 2.5 inches ( 140 x 81 x 64 mm) and the
Garnet Crystal measures about 9 x 9 x 7mm
This is a superb Spessartite Garnet from Garnet Hill in Ely , Nevada .  The garnet  has super high luster
faces  and is very sharp and well formed.  The crystal is in an exposed drusy lined vug in a matrix of pink
rhyolite.. It weighs 0.67lb (305g) and measures roughly 4.2 x 3.3 x 1.7 inches ( 117 x 84 x 43 mm) and the
Garnet Crystal measures about 8 x 6 x 4mm
Item# GAR0709004
LG Spessartite Garnet Crystal
on Rhyolite Matrix  from Ely, NV
$40.95
Item# GAR07118381
XL Almandine Garnet
on Schist matrix

$45.00
This is greenish metallic
colored chlorite mica schist
with a large deep reddish
Almandine garnet crystal in
the matrix! The garnets from
this location are very unique
formations. This piece is from
Madison County, North
Carolina.

This specimen weighs
0.53 lb (242g)
and measures
4.1 x 2.8 x 1.3"
(10.6 x 7.3 x 3.3cm)
The Garnet Mineral Group
Garnet is not a single mineral, but a group that contains closely related, isomorphous minerals that form a series with
each other. The Garnet members form intermediary minerals between each member, and may even intergrow within
a single crystal. The Garnets vary only slightly in physical properties, and some of the members may be so similar
that they are indistinguishable from one another without x-ray analysis.

The common Garnets can be divided into two subgroups:
Garnets containing aluminum (Al) as their second element. These include;
Pyrope (Magnesium aluminum silicate)
Almandine (Iron aluminum silicate)
Spessartine (Manganese aluminum silicate)"Pyralspite"

Garnets containing calcium (Ca) as their first element. These include;
Uvarovite (Calcium chromium silicate)
Grossular (Calcium aluminum silicate)
Andradite (Calcium iron silicate )"Ugrandite"

The members of each group freely intermingle among one another. For example, the magnesium in Pyrope may be
partially replaced by some iron from Almandine or by some manganese from Spessartine. However, between the
two groups of Garnets, it is much rarer for them to intermingle.

Garnets are shaped as well-formed, distinct, dodecahedral and trapezohedral crystals. Garnets are found as
floaters, in matrix, in compact crystal groupings, grainy, massive, as rounded crystals, and as groups of small crystals.
Garnet Hill in Ely, Nevada
Garnets
Little Pine Garnet Mine
Madison County, North Carolina
There were three geologic mountain building stages that formed the Appalachian Mountains. It is theorized that
the Little Pine garnet crystals and matrix were formed over 450 million years ago during the first mountain building
stages. The matrix is a metamorphic material made up of chlorite mica schist with some iron and quartz
occasionally mixed in. The garnet crystals in the mine are constantly being replaced by the chlorite and mica. This
replacement makes the garnets unsuitable for use as abrasives or gem quality material. The garnet crystals
continue to retain their excellent shapes which make them highly sought after collector specimens. Some of the
garnets have become distorted during their growth resulting in some unusual shapes. Geologists believe that
extreme heat and pressure changes while the crystals were forming caused the elongated shapes and distorted
crystals. They are some of the most unusual garnet crystals in the world.

The Little Pine Garnet Mine was a working mine in 1904 and 1905 for abrasive garnet. The mine was closed for
several years and then purchased in 1913 by Logan Ball. Logan worked the mine for years locating many gem
quality specimens. Tiffany's of New York had interest in the mine but there was not enough gem quality material to
sustain a large scale mining operation. There were many specimens for collectors still to be found. Logan and his
son Jack continued to mine it until the early 1950s. Jackie bought the property in 1961 and allowed people to dig
in the “spoil piles” from the old mine. In 1998 Jackie and his wife started to promote it as a tourist attraction with
their “Sandy Bottom Trail Rides”. The mine is now a fee collection site. You can find small specimens digging in
the spoil piles at the mouth of the old mine or venture into the mine. You may find a large Almandine Garnet matrix
specimen inside the mine, but removing the find is a difficult task since the chlorite schist never wants to split
where you want it to. At one time the mine went all the way through the mountain but a cave-in closed off a large
portion. Mostly the larger garnets have not been found for many years now since the cave-in.

YouTube Videos Little Pine Garnet Mine May 21, 2013  by Prospector Al
https://www.youtube.com/watch?x-yt-cl=84838260&x-yt-ts=1422327029&v=6QXaD25hg2Y

Little Pine Garnet Mine May 28, 2013  by Prospector Al
https://www.youtube.com/watch?x-yt-cl=84838260&x-yt-ts=1422327029&v=ZXu7Wh_84gI
YouTube Video of Garnet hunting in Nevada
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4z_zkwS0XFk
This is a Rare Find...Nice Old Stock 1960's Smoky Mountains collection specimen of Almandine Garnet in
Chlorite Mica Schist matrix from the Little Pine Garnet Mine in Madison County, North Carolina.

It weighs 4.7 oz or 0.29 lbs (135g) and measures roughly 3.1 x 1.8 x 1.1 inches (8 x 4.6 x 3 cm) and the
Garnet Crystal measures about 1.3 x 1.1 x 0.9 inches (34 x 28 x 22 mm)
Item# 2GAR0115BRC
Old Stock Almandine Garnet
Crystal on Chlorite Mica Schist
Matrix  from Little Pine Mine

$56.00
This is a Rare Find...Extra Large Old Stock 1960's Smoky Mountains collection specimen of Almandine
Garnet in Chlorite Mica Schist matrix from the Little Pine Garnet Mine in Madison County, North Carolina.

It weighs 40.3 oz or 2.51 lbs (1142g) and measures roughly 5.3 x 4.3 x 3.1 inches (13.6 x 11 x 7.8 cm) and
the Garnet Crystal measures about 1.8 x 1.7 x 1.5 inches (46 x 43 x 40 mm)
Item# 3GAR0115BRC
Old Stock Almandine Garnet
Crystal on Chlorite Mica Schist
Matrix  from Little Pine Mine

$158.00
This is a Rare Find...Old Stock 1960's Smoky Mountains collection specimen of Almandine Garnet in
Chlorite Mica Schist matrix from the Little Pine Garnet Mine in Madison County, North Carolina.

It weighs 3 oz or 0.18 lbs (84g) and measures roughly 2.8 x 1.4 x 1 inches (7.1 x 3.7 x 2.6 cm) and the
Garnet Crystal measures about 1.1 x 1 x 0.75 inches (28 x 27 x 19 mm)
Item# 4GAR0115BRC
Old Stock Almandine Garnet
Crystal on Chlorite Mica Schist
Matrix  from Little Pine Mine

$38.00
This is a Rare Find...Large Old Stock 1960's Smoky Mountains collection specimen of Two Almandine
Garnets in Chlorite Mica Schist matrix from the Little Pine Garnet Mine in Madison County, North Carolina.

It weighs 29.2 oz or 1.82 lbs (829g) and measures roughly 5.4 x 3.9 x 2.5 inches (13.7 x 9.9 x 6.4 cm) and    
the 1st Garnet Crystal measures about 1.7 x 1.5 x 0.9 inches (43 x 40 x 24 mm)
the 2nd Garnet Crystal measures about 1.6 x 1.1 x 1 inches (42 x 28 x 27 mm)
Item# 5GAR0115BRC
Old Stock Two Almandine
Garnet Crystals on Chlorite Mica
Schist Matrix  from Little Pine
Mine

$298.00
Item# 6GAR0115BRC
Old Stock Almandine Garnet
Crystal from Little Pine Mine

$40.00
This is a Rare Find...Large Old Stock 1960's Smoky Mountains collection specimen of
Almandine Garnet Dodecadon from the Little Pine Garnet Mine in Madison County, North
Carolina.

Garnet Crystal weighs 19.2 oz or 1.2 lbs (544g)
and measures 3.3 x 2 x 1.9 inches (8.4 x 5.2 x 4.9 cm)
Item# 1GAR0115BRC
Old Stock Almandine Garnet
Crystal on Chlorite Mica Schist
Matrix from Little Pine Mine

$350.00
This is a Rare Find...Extra Large Old Stock 1960's Smoky Mountains collection specimen of Almandine
Garnet in Chlorite Mica Schist matrix from the Little Pine Garnet Mine in Madison County, North Carolina.

It weighs 58.4 oz or 3.65 lbs (1657g) and measures roughly 7.4 x 3.7 x 3.1 inches (18.9 x 9.4 x 8 cm) and
the Garnet Crystal measures about 2.1 x 1.8 x 1.6 inches (55 x 47 x 41 mm)
Item# 7GAR0115BRC
Old Stock Almandine Garnet
Crystal from Little Pine Mine

$30.00
This is a Rare Find...Old Stock 1960's Smoky Mountains collection specimen of Almandine
Garnet dodecagon from the Little Pine Garnet Mine in Madison County, North Carolina.

Garnet Crystal weighs 5 oz or 0.31 lbs (142g)
and measures 2.1 x 1.3 x 1.1 inches (5.4 x 3.5 x 2.9 cm)
Item# 8GAR0115BRC
Old Stock Almandine Garnet
twinned Crystal from Little
Pine Mine

$36.00
This is a Rare Find...Old Stock 1960's Smoky Mountains collection specimen of Almandine
Garnet from the Little Pine Garnet Mine in Madison County, North Carolina.

Garnet Crystal weighs 5.6 oz or 0.35 lbs (160g)
and measures 2.2 x 1.5 x 1.3 inches (5.8 x 3.9 x 3.5 cm)
Item# 9GAR0115BRC
Old Stock Almandine Garnet
Twin Crystal from Little Pine
Mine

$36.00
This is a Rare Find...Twinned Old Stock 1960's Smoky Mountains collection specimen of
Almandine Garnet from the Little Pine Garnet Mine in Madison County, North Carolina.

Garnet Crystal weighs 4.7 oz or 0.29 lbs (134g)
and measures 2.2 x 1.1 x 1 inches (5.7 x 2.8 x 2.7 cm) with a 0.78 x .07" (20 x 17mm) twin
Item# 10GAR0115BRC
Old Stock Almandine Garnet
Crystal from Little Pine Mine

$28.00
This is a Rare Find...Old Stock 1960's Smoky Mountains collection specimen of Almandine
Garnet from the Little Pine Garnet Mine in Madison County, North Carolina.

Garnet Crystal weighs 2.6 oz or 0.16 lbs (74g)
and measures 1.6 x 1.2 x 1.1 inches 4.1 x 3.2 x 2.9 cm)
Morganton, Burke
County, North Carolina
Garnets from near Morganton, Burke County, North Carolina are normally single crystals of almandine garnet
with no matrix, no point of attachment (a floater). The crystals may even be found as perfect trapezohedron (24
faces) crystals. Garnets from here are characterized with a limonite surface coating.

The old Tweedy mine south of Morganton in Burke County, North Carolina used to be a favorite site among
local collectors until it was closed some 25 years ago. It produced almandine garnets from pea size to a few
about the size of baseballs. It is located about 6 miles South of Interstate 40 on North Carolina state highway
18. It was a collect-for-fee operation.The M.A.G.M.A. group has been granted access in the past.
Item# 11GAR0115BRC
Old Stock Almandine Garnet
Crystal from Morganton, NC

$50.80
This is a Rare Find...Old Stock 1960's Smoky Mountains collection specimen of Almandine
Garnet from near Morganton in Burke County, North Carolina.

Garnet Crystal weighs 25.4 oz or 1.59 lbs (722g)
and measures 3.2 x 3 x 2.7 inches (8.1 x 7.7 x 6.8 cm)
Item# 12GAR0115BRC
Old Stock Almandine Garnet
Crystal from Morganton, NC

$67.80
This is a Rare Find...Old Stock 1960's Smoky Mountains collection specimen of Almandine
Garnet from near Morganton in Burke County, North Carolina.

Garnet Crystal weighs 33.9 oz or 2.12 lbs (964g)
and measures 3.7 x 3.3 x 2.5 inches (9.4 x 8.5 x 6.4 cm)
Item# 13GAR0115BRC
Old Stock Almandine Garnet
Crystal from Morganton, NC

$104.00
This is a Rare Find...Old Stock 1960's Smoky Mountains collection specimen of Almandine
Garnet from near Morganton in Burke County, North Carolina.

Garnet Crystal weighs 52 oz or 3.25 lbs (1476g)
and measures 4.2 x 3.9 x 3 inches (10.7 x 10.1 x 7.7 cm)
Item# 14GAR0115BRC
Old Stock Almandine Garnet
Crystal from Morganton, NC

$25.40
This is a Rare Find...Old Stock 1960's Smoky Mountains collection specimen of Almandine
Garnet from near Morganton in Burke County, North Carolina.

Garnet Crystal weighs 12.7 oz or 0.79 lbs (360g)
and measures 2.4 x 2.2 x 2 inches (6.1 x 5.7 x 5.2 cm)
Item# 15GAR0115BRC
Old Stock Almandine Garnet
Crystal from Morganton, NC

$23.20
This is a Rare Find...Old Stock 1960's Smoky Mountains collection specimen of Almandine
Garnet from near Morganton in Burke County, North Carolina.

Garnet Crystal weighs 11.6 oz or 0.72 lbs (330g)
and measures 2.3 x 2.2 x 2 inches (5.9 x 5.6 x 5.1 cm)
Item# 16GAR0115BRC
Old Stock Almandine Garnet
Crystal from Morganton, NC

$20.40
This is a Rare Find...Old Stock 1960's Smoky Mountains collection specimen of Almandine
Garnet from near Morganton in Burke County, North Carolina.

Garnet Crystal weighs 7.2 oz or 0.45 lbs (204g)
and measures 2.3 x 2.2 x 2 inches (5.9 x 5.6 x 5.1 cm) 10cents/g
Item# 17GAR0115BRC
Old Stock Almandine Garnet
Crystal from Morganton, NC

$14.00
This is a Rare Find...Old Stock 1960's Smoky Mountains collection specimen of Almandine
Garnet from near Morganton in Burke County, North Carolina.

Garnet Crystal weighs 4.96 oz or 0.31 lbs (140g)
and measures 1.9 x 1.7 x 1.5 inches (4.9 x 4.4 x 3.8 cm)
Item# 18GAR0115BRC
Old Stock Almandine Garnet
Crystal from Morganton, NC

$13.60
This is a Rare Find...Old Stock 1960's Smoky Mountains collection specimen of Almandine
Garnet from near Morganton in Burke County, North Carolina.

Garnet Crystal weighs 4.8 oz or 0.3 lbs (136g)
and measures 1.9 x 1.6 x 1.3 inches (5 x 4.3 x 3.3 cm)
Item# 19GAR0115BRC
4 pc Old Stock Almandine
Garnet Crystal set from
Morganton, NC

$60.00
This is a Rare Find...4 pc Old Stock 1960's Smoky Mountains collection specimen set of
Almandine Garnets from near Morganton in Burke County, North Carolina. One of the garnets
is a highly desirable natural 24 sided trapezohedron

Garnet Crystal set weighs 6.3 oz or 0.39 lbs (179g)
Item# 20GAR0115BRC
4 pc Old Stock Almandine
Garnet Crystal set from
Morganton, NC

$40.00
This is a Rare Find...4 pc Old Stock 1960's Smoky Mountains collection specimen set of
Almandine Garnets from near Morganton in Burke County, North Carolina.

Garnet Crystal set weighs 4.4 oz or 0.27 lbs (126g)