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Gallery 12  Garnet Mineral Specimens

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Spessartine Garnet on Muscovite with Albite, Victor Mine, Rincon District, San Diego County, CASpessartine Garnet on Muscovite with Albite, Victor Mine, Rincon District, San Diego County, CA
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G-131  Spessartine Garnet on Muscovite with Albite  $40

Victor Mine, Rincon District, San Diego County, CA

5.3 x 3.9 x 2.9 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.  Even Mindat doesn't have a single photo of anything from this mine.  This Garnet is technically an Almandine-Spessartine.  It sits atop a matrix of coarsely formed Muscovite and Albite.  The Victor Mine was never a huge producer, but has had a few significant finds over the years.


Grossular Garnet, Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos, Les Sources RCM, Estrie, Québec, Canada
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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 in Grossular crystals, the largest ones measuring 1 centimeter.  The color of the crystals varies from pink to peach to cinnamon-brown and changes color a little bit depending on the light source.  With the exception of several small crystals on the crystals on edge of this specimen, all are water-clear with a great lustre.


Spesartine & Smoky Quartz, Wushan Spessartine Mine, Tongbei, China
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G-128  Spessartine Garnet with Smoky Quartz  $100

Wushan Spessartine Mine, Tongbei, Zhangzhou Prefecture, Fujian Province, China

7.2 x 5.3 x 3.6 cm.

The Spessartines From Wushan are definitely in the upper echelon of Garnet specimens.  For a good number of years Chinese Garnets have been quite abundant.  But the really killer specimens have been too few and hard to come by. These gemmy Garnets have a luster that has to be seen in person to be fully appreciated. This specimen also features very clear crystals of Smoky Quartz measuring up to 4 cm in size.  Another plus is the striking orange color, much like the famous Spessartines from the world famous Little Three mine in Ramona, California.


Hessonite Garnet, Ala Valley, Lanzo Valleys, Torino Province, Piedmont, Italy
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G-123  Hessonite Garnet with Clinochlore  $75

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.


Hessonite Garnet, Mana Mine, Pakistan
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G-110  Hessonite Garnet  $35

Mana Mine, Barang-Turghao, Bajaur Agency, F.A.T.A., Pakistan

3.1 x 2.9 x 1.3 cm

A translucent cluster of orange Hessonite crystals embedded in a nest of colorless, prismatic crystals of Diopside, some of which are almost transparent.  The largest Hessonite crystal on this specimen measures 7 mm.


Andradite Garnet with Epidote, Marki Khel, Spin Ghar Range, Afghanistan
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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.


Almandine Garnet, Granatenkogel, Obergurgl, Ötz Valley, North Tyrol, Tyrol, Austria
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G-114  Almandine Garnet  $175

Granatenkogel, Obergurgl, Ötz Valley, North Tyrol, Tyrol, Austria

12.6 x 8 x 5.4 cm.

Classic Austrian material. Well defined Almandine crystals to 3 cm. on a schist matrix.  This specimen was meticulously prepared by slowly removing the schist from the faces of the Almandine crystals.  Many of these specimens are polished or oiled to give them a better appearance as the last little bit of material is very difficult to remove.  It is not easy to find an example as good as this one that hasn't been oiled or polished.  Several of the Garnet crystals on this specimen have a very small portion absent on the rear, but this is not visible nor does it take anything away from the overall aesthetics of this classic specimenn


Andradite Garnet & Epidote, Cowboy Mine, Mount Etna, Wilson District, Lyon County, Nevada
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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.


Garnet var. Spessartine on Albite with Quartz, Shengus, Baltistan, Northern Areas, Pakistan
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G-109  Spessartine Garnet on Albite with Quartz   $200

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.


Garnet variety Grossular, Gåsgruvan Ore Field, Filipstad, Värmland, Sweden
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G-071  Grossular Garnet   $40

Gåsgruvan Ore Field, Filipstad, Värmland, Sweden

8 x 5 x 4.5 cm.

This specimen hails from a locality very near Sweden's most famous mineral locality, Långban.  This mineral specimen features many lustrous, well-formed crystals of the variety of Garnet, Grossular measuring up to 6 mm. in size.  A great locality specimen.


Andradite Garnet, Stanley Butte, Pinaleño Mts, Graham County, Arizona
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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.


Garnet variety Hessonite, Mana Mine, Bajaur Agency, F.A.T.A., Pakistan
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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.


Garnet variety Spessartine, Navegadora Claim, Conselheiro Pena, Minas Gerais, BrazilGarnet variety Spessartine, Navegadora Claim, Conselheiro Pena, Minas Gerais, Brazil
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G-034  Spessartine Garnet  $60

Navegadora Claim, Conselheiro Pena, Minas Gerais, Brazil

2.6 x 2 x 1.1 cm.

This juicy-looking Garnet shows an amazing stepped growth pattern and is a complete floater.  Although the photos don't convey it very well, this crystal is completely transparent, and would look good in anybody's mineral cabinet.


Spesartine, Tongbei, Zhangzhou Prefecture, Fujian Province, China
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G-091  Spessartine Garnet on Feldspar  $35

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.


Grossular Garnet with Epidote, Diopside & Adularia, Tormiq Valley, Haramosh Mountains, Northern Areas, PakistanGrossular Garnet with Epidote, Diopside & Adularia, Tormiq Valley, Haramosh Mountains, Northern Areas, Pakistan
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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.