Gallery 12 Garnet Mineral Specimens
G-153 Almandine Garnet $40
Buviknakken, Buvika, Sørfold, Nordland, Norway
3.6 x 2.7 x 2.3 cm
A complete crystal of Almandine from a noteworthy Norse location. This Garnet has a good lustre and a pleasing deep wine-red hue. At 3.6 centimeters this crystal is a little large than usual for this location. This locality was discovered in the early 1970's by the Norwegian collector Korneliussen. An episode where collectors used dynamite at the site without permission from the landowner has made collectors unpopular and not always welcome in the area making examples of this material hard to find.
G-159 Spessartine on Muscovite $65
Nani Hill, Loliondo, Ngorongoro District, Arusha Region, Tanzania
6.3 x 3.8 x 1.9 cm
This specimen consists of two orange-colored Spessartine crystals, the largest measuring 1.1 cm across, in a mica rich matrix. Complete all around and damage-free. Range-colored Spessartine garnets are not that common and are only found in a handfull of localities.
G-147 Spessartine & Schorl with Cleavelandite $175
Little 3 Mine, Ramona, Ramona District, San Diego County, CA
7.2 x 5.5 x 5.1 cm
A Specimen of bright-orange Spessartine crystals on a matrix of pale-blue Cleavelandite enveloping a 5.4 centimeter, terminated crystal of Schorl. Specimens of this material are extremely hard to get these days. Before the finds in China and in Tanzania, the Little Three was the only location producing orange Spessartine, with the exception of the rare instances when the occasional one was found in Brazil.
G-125 Andradite Garnet with Epidote $50
Marki Khel, Spin Ghar Range, Khogyani District, Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan
5.7 x 3.5 x 1 cm.
This is one of the more weirdly-formed Garnets crystals that I have come across. This specimen consists of a cinnamon-brown Andradite that looks as if it has been squeezed while it was forming and is accented by several small areas of pistachio-green Epidote. This uncommonly-shaped Garnet is 100% complete all-around, has no damage with a great lustre as well as some areas where it is transparent. Quite different from your usual Marki Khel Garnet specimen.
G-113 Grossular Garnet $195
Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos, Les Sources RCM, Estrie, Québec, Canada
7.7 x 5.6 x 1.6 cm.
A very gemmy specimen of Grossular from the renowned Jeffrey Mine in Asbestos, Canada. This specimen is covered with well-formed Grossular crystals, the largest ones measuring 1 centimeter. The color of the crystals range from pink to peach to cinnamon-brown. All of the Garnet crystals are water-clear with a great, gem-like lustre, with the exception of several small crystals on the crystals on edge of this specimen.
G-137 Almandine Garnet in Clinochlore $60
Khogyani District, Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan
10.2 x 7.1 x 3 cm
A neat specimen from an interesting occurrence in Afghanistan. This specimen features a wine-red-colored crystal of Almandine on matrix of green-colored Clinochlore (Chlorite). Despite the fact that this province is incredibly well-known for its pegmatite minerals, these specimens are actually from a metamorphic deposit. This material is not seen very often and when it can be found, it is often mislabeled as being from Pakistan.
G-148 Spessartine Garnet on Muscovite $35
Victor Mine, Rincon District, San Diego County, CA
5.5 x 5.4 x 3.3 cm
Here is an example of a specimen from a location in San Diego that is pretty much never represented in San Diego focused collections. Many collectors would like to have something from the Victor Mine but specimens are all but unheard of. Until recently even Mindat didn't have a single photo of anything from this mine. This Garnet is technically an Almandine-Spessartine. It sits in a matrix of Muscovite. The Victor Mine was never a huge producer, but has had a few significant finds over the years.
G-149 Spessartine Garnet on Muscovite $45
Victor Mine, Rincon District, San Diego County, CA
5.8 x 4.4 x 3.8 cm
Here is an example of a specimen from a location in San Diego that is pretty much never represented in San Diego focused collections. Many collectors would like to have something from the Victor Mine but specimens are all but unheard of. Until recently even Mindat didn't have a single photo of anything from this mine. This Garnet is technically an Almandine-Spessartine. It sits in a matrix of Muscovite and coarsely formed Albite. The Victor Mine was never a huge producer, but has had a few significant finds over the years.
G-154 Spessartine Garnet $120
Wushan Spessartine Mine, Tongbei, Yunxiao County, Zhangzhou, Fujian, China
12.6 x 8.7 x 4.7 cm
A rather large Garnet specimen. These Garnets have a good luster. Another plus is the striking orange color, much like the famous Spessartine Garnets from the world famous Little Three mine in Ramona, California.
G-146 Grossular Garnet with Vesuvianite $35
Sierra de Cruces, Municipio de Sierra Mojada, Coahuila, Mexico
5 x 3 x 3.5 cm
The Grossular crystals from this location have been attributed as to coming from Lake Jaco for many years. This information is not correct as it was a deliberate attempt to conceal the actual locality from would be diggers. This piece is a good example of this material featuring sharp, well-formed dodecahedral crystals of pink and cream-colored Grossular measuring up to 2.3 cm across. Also present on this specimen are several small crystals of Vesuvianite. There are several small areas of contact where it grew against matrix or another crystal.
G-145 Andradite Garnet $40
Tepustete Ranch, Álamos, Municipio de Álamos, Sonora, Mexico
8.2 x 5.2 x 3.1 cm
Numerous green to dark green Andradite crystals scattered on a matrix of Quartz. The crystals on this specimen range foam translucent to opaque. Examples of this material are seldom seen for sale.
G-123 Hessonite Garnet with Clinochlore $65
Ala Valley, Lanzo Valleys, Torino Province, Piedmont, Italy
10.3 x 7.2 x 3.1 cm.
This colorful specimen hails from the alpine veins of Val d’Ala, Italy. This matrix specimen is covered in glassy and gemmy, wine-colored Garnets, to .9 centimeters across. They are lustrous and sparkling, especially the smaller ones, and quite beautiful. Associated with the Garnets is the ever present (at least when it comes to alpine-type mineral deposits) Clinochlore which makes for a nice contrast of colors.
G-140 Spessartine Garnet on Albite $45
Aguanga Mountain, Oak Grove, San Diego County, CA
4.1 x 2.8 x 2.1 cm
This specimen hails from a north-eastern San Diego County location that is known to have produced good-quality Topaz and Elbaite crystals. This specimen features two opaque, well-formed Garnet crystals perched on a towering matrix of Albite.
G-115 Andradite Garnet with Epidote $40
Cowboy Mine, Mount Etna, Wilson District, Lyon County, Nevada
6.8 x 4 x 3.3 cm.
This lustrous garnet specimen hails from a former Tungsten-Lead-Silver occurrence that was worked in the late 1940's. This specimen features two of the more common minerals to be found in a contact zone, Epidote and Garnet. A neat little specimen from a remote Nevada location.
G-109 Spessartine Garnet on Albite with Quartz $180
Shengus, Baltistan, Northern Areas, Pakistan
11 x 6 x 6 cm.
This specimen features many Spessartine Garnet crystals up to 1.6 cm. on a towering matrix of Feldspar crystals, crowned by a 3.6 cm. Quartz crystal. A great mineral specimen for a modest price if you ask me.
G-057 Andradite Garnet $25
Stanley Butte, Pinaleño Mts, Graham County, Arizona
3 x 3 x 2 cm.
An excellent cluster of well crystallized, greenish-brown Andradite Garnet crystals measuring up to 1.2 centimeters. The crystals on this specimen show a slight iridescence. This Garnet specimen was extremely hard to photograph and looks much, much more attractive in person.
G-100 Hessonite Garnet $100
Mana Mine, Barang-Turghao, Bajaur Agency, F.A.T.A., Pakistan
5.5 x 3.5 2.7 cm.
A refreshing change from the endless supply of red, Spessartine Garnets on their white Albite are these colorful Hessonite Garnet specimens. This specimen features a translucent cluster of orange Hessonite crystals on a pale, sandstone-like matrix. This find is relatively new, first appearing in the fall of 2009. The largest of the Hessonite crystals measures 1 x 1 centimeters in size.
Wushan Spessartine Mine, Tongbei, Zhangzhou Prefecture, Fujian Province, China
5.3 x 4 x 2.6 cm.
These Spessartines are definitely in the upper echelon of Garnet specimens. For the past 15-16 years, Chinese Garnets have been quite abundant. But the really good specimens have been too few and hard to come by. I am very fortunate to be able to get these amazingly gemmy specimens from a lesser known Chinese locality. These Garnets have a luster that has to be seen in person to be fully appreciated. Another plus is the striking orange color, much like the famous Spessartine Garnets from the world famous Little Three mine in Ramona, California.
G-026 Grossular Garnet with Epidote, Diopside & Adularia $50
Tormiq Valley, Haramosh Mountains, Northern Areas, Pakistan
6.2 x 3.8 x 4.7 cm.
A classic alpine-cleft-type mineral association.
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