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Garnets from Little Pine Mine, NC
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.
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
Item # 1GARLPM03201001
Almandine Garnet Crystal on
Chlorite Mica Schist Matrix from
Little Pine Mine

$48.00
This is a natural, uncleaned specimen of several Almandine Garnets in Chlorite
Mica Schist matrix from the Little Pine Garnet Mine in Madison County, North
Carolina.

It weighs 14.8 oz or 0.92 lbs (420g) and measures roughly 4.4 x 4.2 x 1.5 inches
(11.2 x 10.6 x 3.8 cm)  
Item # 2GARLPM03201001
Almandine Garnet Crystal on
Chlorite Mica Schist Matrix from
Little Pine Mine

$49.00
This is a nice specimen with 2 Almandine Garnets in Chlorite Mica Schist matrix from the Little Pine Garnet Mine in
Madison County, North Carolina.

It weighs 4.6 oz or 0.29 lbs (132g) and measures roughly 3 x 1.9 x 1.3 inches (7.5 x 4.7 x 3.3 cm) and
the Garnet Crystal measures about 1.37 x 1.17 inches (3.4 x 2.9 cm)
Item # 3GARLPM03201001
Almandine Garnet Crystal on
Chlorite Mica Schist Matrix from
Little Pine Mine

$45.00
This is a very nice specimen of Almandine Garnet in Chlorite Mica Schist matrix
from the Little Pine Garnet Mine in Madison County, North Carolina.

Specimen weighs 1.48 oz (42g) and measures roughly 1.7 x 1 x 0.93 inches
(4.3 x 2.7 x 2.3 cm) and the Garnet Crystal measures about 1.17 x 1.12 inches
(2.9 x 2.8 cm)
Item # 4GARLPM03201001
Almandine Garnet Euhedral Crystal
with minor Chlorite Mica Schist
Matrix from Little Pine Mine

$32.00
This is a 2 inch specimen of Almandine Garnet Euhedral Crystal with minor
Chlorite Mica Schist Matrix from Little Pine Mine in Madison County, North
Carolina. Some edge damage, still a nice piece.

This crystal weighs 5.1 oz or 0.32 lbs (145g)
and measures roughly 2 x 1.45 x 1.3 inches (5.2 x 3.7 x 3.4 cm)
Item # 5GARLPM03201001
Almandine Garnet Euhedral Crystal
with minor Chlorite Mica Schist
Matrix from Little Pine Mine

$30.00
This is a 2.1 inch specimen of Almandine Garnet Euhedral Crystal with minor
Chlorite Mica Schist Matrix from Little Pine Mine in Madison County, North
Carolina. Some edge damage, still a nice piece.

This crystal weighs 3.68 oz or 0.23 lbs (104g)
and measures roughly 2.1 x 1.2 x 0.9 inches (5.5 x 3.1 x 2.3 cm)
Item # 6GARLPM03201001
Almandine Garnet Euhedral Crystal
with minor Chlorite Mica Schist
Matrix from Little Pine Mine

$36.00
This is a 2.6 inch specimen of Almandine Garnet Euhedral Crystal with minor
Chlorite Mica Schist Matrix from Little Pine Mine in Madison County, North
Carolina. Some formation imperfections, still a very nice large piece.

This crystal weighs 9.4 oz or 0.58 lbs (267g)
and measures roughly 2.6 x 2 x 1.45 inches (6.6 x 5.2 x 3.6 cm)
Item # 7GARLPM03201001
Almandine Garnet Euhedral Crystal
with minor Chlorite Mica Schist
Matrix from Little Pine Mine

$18.00
This is a small specimen of Almandine Garnet Euhedral Crystal with minor Chlorite Mica Schist Matrix from Little Pine
Mine in Madison County, North Carolina. Some edge damage, still a nice piece.
This crystal weighs 0.6 oz (17.5g) and measures roughly 0.98 x 0.98 x 0.6 inches (25 x 25 x 15 mm)
Item # 8GARLPM03201001
Almandine Garnet Euhedral Crystal
with minor Chlorite Mica Schist
Matrix from Little Pine Mine

$39.00
This is a beautiful specimen of a near perfect Almandine Garnet Euhedral Crystal with minor Chlorite Mica Schist Matrix from Little
Pine Mine in Madison County, North Carolina. A very nice piece!

This crystal weighs 2.56 oz or 0.16 lb (73g) and measures roughly 1.7 x 1.1 x 0.9 inches (4.3 x 2.7 x 2.2 cm)
Items # 9-10-12GARLPM03201001
3pc set of Almandine Garnet
Euhedral Crystals with minor
Chlorite Mica Schist Matrix from
Little Pine Mine

$24.00
These are 3 each small specimens of Almandine Garnet Euhedral Crystals with minor Chlorite Mica Schist Matrix from Little
Pine Mine in Madison County, North Carolina. Edge damage, can still be cut for jewelry pieces.
These 3 crystals weigh and measure
#9 weighs 0.5 oz (14.5g) and measures roughly 0.83 x .082 x .061 inches (21 x 21 x 15 mm)
#10 weighs 0.46 ox (13g) and measures roughly 0.8 x 0.76 x 0.6 inches (20 x 19 x 15 mm)
#12 weighs 0.6 ox (17g) and measures roughly 0.9 x 0.9 x 0.65 inches (23 x 23 x 16 mm)
Item # 11GARLPM03201001
Almandine Garnet Euhedral Crystal
with minor Chlorite Mica Schist
Matrix from Little Pine Mine

$39.00
This is a beautiful specimen of a near perfect Almandine Garnet Euhedral Crystal with minor Chlorite Mica Schist Matrix from Little
Pine Mine in Madison County, North Carolina. A very nice piece!

This crystal weighs 1.4 oz (40g) and measures roughly 1.35 x 1 x 0.78 inches (3.4 x 2.5 x 2 cm)
Item # 13GARLPM03201001
Almandine Garnet Crystal from the
C
reek Bed outside the Little Pine
Mine

$10.00     
This is a specimen of Almandine Garnet Crystal from the creek bed outside the Little Pine Mine adit
in Madison County, North Carolina.
This crystal weighs 1.5 oz (38g) and measures roughly 1.4 x 0.9 x 0.8 inches (3.6 x 2.3 x 2.0 cm)
Item # 14GARLPM03201001
Almandine Garnet Euhedral Crystal
with minor Chlorite Mica Schist
Matrix from Little Pine Mine

$39.00
This is a beautiful specimen of a near perfect Almandine Garnet Euhedral Crystal with minor Chlorite Mica Schist Matrix from Little
Pine Mine in Madison County, North Carolina. A very nice piece!

This crystal weighs 1.5 oz (43g) and measures roughly 1.35 x 1 x 0.8 inches (3.4 x 2.7 x 2 cm)
Item # 15GARLPM03201001
Almandine Garnet Crystal from the
C
reek Bed outside the Little Pine
Mine

$20.00     
This is a specimen of Almandine Garnet Crystal from the creek bed outside the Little Pine Mine adit
in Madison County, North Carolina.
This crystal weighs 3.28 oz (93g) and measures roughly 1.9 x 1.3 x 1 inches (4.8 x 3.3 x 2.6 cm)
Item # 16GARLPM03201001
Almandine Garnet Euhedral Crystal
with minor Chlorite Mica Schist
Matrix from Little Pine Mine

$24.00
This is a 1.5 inch specimen of Almandine Garnet Euhedral Crystal with minor
Chlorite Mica Schist Matrix from Little Pine Mine in Madison County, North
Carolina. Some extraction damage.

This crystal weighs 2.5 oz or 0.15 lbs (72g)
and measures roughly 1.5 x 1.2 x 1.1 inches (3.9 x 3 x 2.8 cm)
Item # 17GARLPM03201001
Almandine Garnet Euhedral Crystal
with minor Chlorite Mica Schist
Matrix from Little Pine Mine

$30.00
This is a 1.5 inch specimen of Almandine Garnet Euhedral Crystal with minor
Chlorite Mica Schist Matrix from Little Pine Mine in Madison County, North
Carolina. Some extraction damage.

This crystal weighs 3.2 oz or 0.2 lbs (91g)
and measures roughly 1.8 x 1.36 x 1 inches (4.6 x 3.4 x 2.7 cm)
Item # 18GARLPM03201001
Almandine Garnet Euhedral Crystal
with minor Chlorite Mica Schist
Matrix from Little Pine Mine

$42.00
This is a large specimen of an Almandine Garnet Euhedral Crystal with minor Chlorite Mica Schist Matrix from Little Pine Mine in
Madison County, North Carolina. This piece has extraction damage, but specimens this large are very rare. The garnet in this
piece looks to be very gemmy.

This crystal weighs 14 oz or 0.87 lb (397g) and measures roughly 2.5 x 2.3 x 1.87 inches (6.4 x 5.9 x 4.7 cm)
Item # 19GARLPM03201001
4 pc Split Almandine Garnet
Crystal set for Lapidary Work from
the Little Pine Mine

$20.00
This is a 4pc split specimen set of Almandine Garnet Crystal from Little Pine
Mine in Madison County, North Carolina. In demand by lapidary artists, gemmy
surfaces look interesting.

The set weighs 3.1 oz or 0.2 lbs (88g)
The largest piece measures roughly 1.6 x 1 x 0.43 inches (40 x 25 x 10 mm)
Item # 20GARLPM03201001
Almandine Garnet Crystal from the
C
reek Bed outside the Little Pine
Mine

$26.00     
This is a specimen of Almandine Garnet Crystal from the creek bed outside the Little Pine Mine adit in Madison
County, North Carolina.
This crystal weighs 7.36 oz or 0.46 lb (209g) and measures roughly 2.27 x 1.8 x 1.7 inches (5.7 x 4.6 x 4.4 cm)
Item # 21GARLPM03201001
Almandine Garnet Euhedral Crystal
with minor Chlorite Mica Schist
Matrix from Little Pine Mine

$32.00
This is a large specimen of an Almandine Garnet Euhedral Crystal with minor Chlorite Mica Schist Matrix from Little Pine Mine in
Madison County, North Carolina. This piece has extraction damage, but specimens this large are very rare.

This crystal weighs 6.9 oz or 0.43 lb (197g) and measures roughly 2.2 x 2 x 1.5 inches (5.7 x 5.1 x 3.9 cm)
Item # 22GARLPM03201001
46.5g of Almandine Garnet
Crystal Chips for Lapidary
Work
Little Pine Mine

$20.00
This offering is for 46.5g (1.62 oz) of Almandine Garnet Crystal chips from Little
Pine Mine in Madison County, North Carolina. In demand by lapidary artists and
jewelry artists. Translucent and gemmy surfaces look interesting.