Well, I did check it out. Took my bucket, chisel, hammer and gloves and worked on that schist hill for several hours on a very hot day. Besides chiggers, I did come home with some garnets in matrix as well as some loose garnets I found lying about here and there. Most were the size of a pea.
|Garnets are found in every color but blue.|
Maybe one in 500 found at this location are good enough to facet, but I never found any. Just a small juice can full of pea size red almandine garnets, none translucent, none to brag about.
|At the Little Pine Garnet Mine|
I've also been to the Little Pine Garnet Mine a couple of times. This place is located near Asheville in the NC mountains. Most of the almandine garnets you find at this mine are not of any quality, but the sizes will keep you digging for more.
The dodecahedral or 12 faced shape is also of interest to a lot of collectors.
Most of the garnets I found at Little Pine were at least 1 inch in size. If you are young and strong, you can climb the walls and get some bigger garnets. It takes strength and time to dig out the big ones, but they are there and not too hard to find.
This is a sterling silver ring I made from a garnet that I found at Little Pine - I cabbed it and to my surprise and delight, it stars like a sapphire!
A few more garnets from our Rocks shop on etsy for you to enjoy...
|Garnet is January's birthstone... plan ahead!|
We both particularly love this pretty piece of quartz matrix studded with gemmy orange garnets as well as some pretty green epidote that we transformed into an air plant garden with the help of a little tillandsia ...