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Museum Specimens

A Garnet is not a single mineral, but is part of a group that contains closely related, minerals that form a
series with each other, resulting in different varieties that vary only slightly in physical properties. Some of the
varieties may be so similar that they are indistinguishable from one another without x-ray analysis.

North Carolina Garnets normally found in a light green to silver green Muscovite are Garnets containing
aluminum (Al) as their second element. They may be Pyrope (Magnesium aluminum silicate) or Almandine
(Iron aluminum silicate). Pyrope Garnets are usually a lighter color and more transparent than the similar
Almandine Garnets, and sometimes have a very slight brownish tint.

The specimens we procured came from an old collection from the 1950's. These specimens came from the
Deer Park Mine located near Penland, 3 miles NW of Spruce Pine, in the Spruce Pine Mining District,
Mitchell County, North Carolina. Penland is in the Black Mountains and is bisected by the North Toe River, a
tributary of the Cane and Nolichucky rivers. It is at an elevation of 2460 ft (750m). The Deer Park Mine is long
ago closed. The area where the mine was located is now a housing development.
Garnets in Muscovite
Item #13GARM11199950
Garnet in Muscovite from the
Deer Park Mine in Mitchell
County N.C.

$20.00
Here's an excellent display specimen of a single blood red Pyrope Garnet in a
light green to silver green very thin (1mm) book of Muscovite. It is from a
1950's collection from the Deer Park Mine, Penland, Spruce Pine Mining
District, Mitchell County, N.C.

This specimen weighs 3.5g and measures 2.8 x 1.2 inches (7.1 x 3.2 cm)
Item #14GARM11199950
Garnet in Muscovite from the
Deer Park Mine in Mitchell
County N.C.

$20.00
Here's an excellent display specimen of a single blood red Pyrope Garnet in a
light green to silver green very thin (1mm) book of Muscovite. It is from a
1950's collection from the Deer Park Mine, Penland, Spruce Pine Mining
District, Mitchell County, N.C.

This specimen weighs 3g and measures 1.6 x 1.6 inches (4.2 x 4.1 cm)
Item #15GARM11199950
Garnet in Muscovite from the
Deer Park Mine in Mitchell
County N.C.

$20.00
Here's an excellent display specimen of a single blood red Pyrope Garnet in a
light green to silver green very thin (1mm) book of Muscovite. It is from a
1950's collection from the Deer Park Mine, Penland, Spruce Pine Mining
District, Mitchell County, N.C.

This specimen weighs 2g and measures 1.8 x 1 inches (4.7 x 2.6 cm)
Item #16GARM11199950
Garnet in Muscovite from the
Deer Park Mine in Mitchell
County N.C.

$20.00
Here's an excellent display specimen of a single blood red Pyrope Garnet in a
light green to silver green very thin (1mm) book of Muscovite. It is from a
1950's collection from the Deer Park Mine, Penland, Spruce Pine Mining
District, Mitchell County, N.C.

This specimen weighs 2g and measures 2.3 x 1.6 inches (6 x 4.1 cm)
Item #17GARM11199950
Garnet in Muscovite from the
Deer Park Mine in Mitchell
County N.C.

$20.00
Here's an excellent display specimen of 3 blood red Pyrope Garnets (two
on one side, one on the other) in a light green to silver green very thin
(1mm) book of Muscovite. It is from a 1950's collection from the Deer Park
Mine, Penland, Spruce Pine Mining District, Mitchell County, N.C.

This specimen weighs 1g and measures 1.6 x 1 inches (4 x 2.6 cm)
Item #18GARM11199950
Garnet in Muscovite from the
Deer Park Mine in Mitchell
County N.C.

$29.00
Here's an excellent display specimen of 6 blood red Pyrope Garnets in a
light green to silver green very thin (2.4 mm) book of Muscovite. It is from a
1950's collection from the Deer Park Mine, Penland, Spruce Pine Mining
District, Mitchell County, N.C.

This specimen weighs 13g and measures 2.5 x 1.9 inches (6.4 x 5 cm)
Item #19GARM11199950
Garnet in Muscovite from the
Deer Park Mine in Mitchell
County N.C.

$26.00
Here's an excellent display specimen of 2 blood red Pyrope Garnets in a
light green to silver green thin (4.2 mm) book of Muscovite with a touch of
white Albite on the edge. It is from a 1950's collection from the Deer Park
Mine, Penland, Spruce Pine Mining District, Mitchell County, N.C.

This specimen weighs 14.5g and measures 2.6 x 2 inches (6.8 x 5.1 cm)
Item #20GARM11199950
Garnet in Muscovite from the
Deer Park Mine in Mitchell
County N.C.

$24.00
Here's an excellent display specimen of 2 blood red Pyrope Garnets in a
light green to silver green thin (2.3 mm) book of Muscovite. It is from a
1950's collection from the Deer Park Mine, Penland, Spruce Pine Mining
District, Mitchell County, N.C.

This specimen weighs 11g and measures 3.7 x 2 inches (9.6 x 5.1 cm)
Item #22GARM11199950
Garnet in Muscovite from the
Deer Park Mine in Mitchell
County N.C.

$20.00
Here's an excellent display specimen of 1 blood red Pyrope Garnet in a
light green to silver green very thin (up to 2.3 mm) book of Muscovite. It is
from a 1950's collection from the Deer Park Mine, Penland, Spruce Pine
Mining District, Mitchell County, N.C.

This specimen weighs 5g and measures 2.4 x 1.7 inches (6.1 x 4.5 cm)
Item #23GARM11199950
Garnet in Muscovite from the
Deer Park Mine in Mitchell
County N.C.

$24.00
Here's an excellent display specimen of 2 blood red Pyrope Garnets in a
light green to silver green very thin (up to 1.2 mm) book of Muscovite. It is
from a 1950's collection from the Deer Park Mine, Penland, Spruce Pine
Mining District, Mitchell County, N.C.

This specimen weighs 4g and measures 2 x 1.9 inches (5.3 x 4.9 cm)
Item #28GARM11199950
Garnet in Muscovite from the
Deer Park Mine in Mitchell
County N.C.

$25.00
Here's an excellent display specimen of 2 blood red Pyrope Garnets in a
light green to silver green very thin (up to 4.3 mm) book of Muscovite with
minor quartz on the edge. It is from a 1950's collection from the Deer Park
Mine, Penland, Spruce Pine Mining District, Mitchell County, N.C.

This specimen weighs 13g and measures 2.2 x 2.1 inches (5.6 x 5.3 cm)
Item #29GARM11199950
Garnet in Muscovite from the
Deer Park Mine in Mitchell
County N.C.

$29.00
Here's an excellent display specimen of 8 small blood red Pyrope Garnets
in a light green to silver green very thin (up to 2.5 mm) book of Muscovite
with minor quartz on the edge. It is from a 1950's collection from the Deer
Park Mine, Penland, Spruce Pine Mining District, Mitchell County, N.C.

This specimen weighs 7.5g and measures 2.3 x 2.2 inches (5.9 x 5.5 cm)
Item #30GARM11199950
Garnet in Muscovite from the
Deer Park Mine in Mitchell
County N.C.

$24.00
Here's an excellent display specimen of multiple Almandine Garnets in a
light green to silver green book of Muscovite with minor quartz on the edge.
It is from a 1950's collection from the Deer Park Mine, Penland, Spruce
Pine Mining District, Mitchell County, N.C.

This specimen weighs 24g
and measures 3 x 2.1 x 0.21 inches (77 x 55 x 5.3 mm)
Item #31GARM11199950
Garnet in Muscovite from the
Deer Park Mine in Mitchell
County N.C.

$20.00
Here's an excellent display specimen of one Almandine Garnet in a light
green to silver green book of Muscovite with minor quartz on the edge. It is
from a 1950's collection from the Deer Park Mine, Penland, Spruce Pine
Mining District, Mitchell County, N.C.

This specimen weighs 15g
and measures 2.9 x 1.9 x 0.19 inches (73 x 48 x 4.1 mm)
Item #32GARM11199950
Garnet in Muscovite from the
Deer Park Mine in Mitchell
County N.C.

$24.00
Here's an excellent display specimen of many small chips of Almandine
Garnet in a light green to silver green book of Muscovite with minor quartz
on the edge. It is from a 1950's collection from the Deer Park Mine,
Penland, Spruce Pine Mining District, Mitchell County, N.C.

This specimen weighs 13g
and measures 2.2 x 1.8 x 0.12 inches (57 x 47 x 3.2 mm)
Item #33GARM11199950
Garnet in Muscovite from the
Deer Park Mine in Mitchell
County N.C.

$27.00
Here's an excellent display specimen with multiple Almandine Garnets in a
light green to silver green book of Muscovite with minor quartz on the edge.
It is from a 1950's collection from the Deer Park Mine, Penland, Spruce
Pine Mining District, Mitchell County, N.C.

This specimen weighs 2g
and measures 1 x 0.6 x 0.13 inches (27 x 17 x 3.4 mm)
Item #34GARM11199950
Garnet in Muscovite from the
Deer Park Mine in Mitchell
County N.C.

$23.00
Here's an excellent display specimen with multiple Almandine Garnets in a
light green to silver green book of Muscovite with minor quartz on the edge.
It is from a 1950's collection from the Deer Park Mine, Penland, Spruce
Pine Mining District, Mitchell County, N.C.

This specimen weighs 46g
and measures 2.4 x 1.6 x 0.64 inches (6.1 x 4.1 x 1.6 cm)