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Garnets from Morganton 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.

Morganton, Burke County, North Carolina
Garnets from near Morganton, Burke County, North Carolina are normally single crystals of almandine garnet
with no matrix, no point of attachment (a floater). These g
arnets may even be found as perfect trapezohedron
crystals
(24 faces). Garnets from here are easily identified by their characteristic limonite surface coating.

The old Tweedy mine south of Morganton in Burke County, North Carolina used to be a favorite site among
local collectors until it was closed some 30 years ago. It produced almandine garnets from pea size to a few
about the size of baseballs. It is located about 6 miles South of Interstate 40 on North Carolina state highway
18. It was a p
ay to collect operation. The M.A.G.M.A. Group has been granted access in the past.
Item# 51GARMORG03201050
Old Stock Almandine Garnet
Crystal from Morganton, NC

$1
6.50
This is a Rare Find...Old Stock specimen of trapezohedron crystals (24 faces)
Almandine Garnet collected in the 1970's near Morganton in Burke County, North
Carolina.
It has the traditional limonite coating.

Garnet Crystal weighs 1.9 oz (55g)
and measures 1
.2 x 1.2 x 1.1 inches (32 x 31 x 28 mm)
Item# 52GARMORG03201050
Old Stock Almandine Garnet
Crystal from Morganton, NC

$1
5.80
This is a Rare Find...Old Stock specimen of trapezohedron crystals (24 faces)
Almandine Garnet collected in the 1970's near Morganton in Burke County, North
Carolina. It has the traditional limonite coating.

Garnet Crystal weighs 1.6 oz (47g)
and measures 1.3 x 1.1 x 0.9 inches (33 x 28 x 23 mm)
Item# 53GARMORG03201050
Old Stock Almandine Garnet
Crystal from Morganton, NC

$1
5.10
This is a Rare Find...Old Stock specimen of trapezohedron crystals (24 faces)
Almandine Garnet collected in the 1970's near Morganton in Burke County, North
Carolina. It has the traditional limonite coating.

Garnet Crystal weighs 1.4 oz (40g)
and measures 1.1 x 1 x 0.9 inches (30 x 27 x 24 mm)
Item# 54GARMORG03201050
Old Stock Almandine Garnet
Crystal from Morganton, NC

$15.
70
This is a Rare Find...Old Stock specimen of trapezohedron crystals (24 faces)
Almandine Garnet collected in the 1970's near Morganton in Burke County, North
Carolina. It has the traditional limonite coating.

Garnet Crystal weighs 1.6 oz (46g)
and measures 1.2 x 1.2 x 1 inches (31 x 30 x 25 mm)
Item# 55GARMORG03201050
Old Stock Almandine Garnet
Crystal from Morganton, NC

$15.5
0
This is a Rare Find...Old Stock specimen of trapezohedron crystals (24 faces)
Almandine Garnet collected in the 1970's near Morganton in Burke County, North
Carolina. It has the traditional limonite coating.

Garnet Crystal weighs 1.5 oz (45g)
and measures 1.
1 x 1 x 0.98 inches (28 x 27 x 25 mm)
Item# 56GARMORG03201050
Old Stock Almandine Garnet
Crystal from Morganton, NC

$14
.50
This is a Rare Find...Old Stock specimen of trapezohedron crystals (24 faces)
Almandine Garnet collected in the 1970's near Morganton in Burke County, North
Carolina. It has the traditional limonite coating.

Garnet Crystal weighs 1.7 oz (49g)
and measures 1.
2 x 1.1 x 1 inches (32 x 29 x 26 mm)
Item# 57GARMORG03201001
Old Stock Almandine Garnet
Crystal from Morganton, NC

$
22.50
This is a Rare Find...Old Stock specimen of trapezohedron crystals (24 faces)
Almandine Garnet collected in the 1970's near Morganton in Burke County, North
Carolina. It has
traces of the traditional limonite coating.

Garnet Crystal weighs 3.9oz or 0.24 lb (110g)
and measures 1
.65 x 1.6 x 1.4 inches (42 x 40 x 36 mm)
Item# 58GARMORG03201001
Old Stock Almandine Garnet
Crystal from Morganton, NC

$3
0.20
This is a Rare Find...Old Stock specimen of trapezohedron crystals (24 faces)
Almandine Garnet collected in the 1970's near Morganton in Burke County, North
Carolina. It has traces of the traditional limonite coating.

Garnet Crystal weighs 7 oz or 0.44 lb (201g)
and measures 2
.1 x 1.9 x 1.6 inches (53 x 50 x 42 mm)
Item# 59GARMORG03201001
Old Stock Almandine Garnet
Crystal from Morganton, NC

$3
7.60
This is a Rare Find...Old Stock specimen of trapezohedron crystals (24 faces)
Almandine Garnet collected in the 1970's near Morganton in Burke County, North
Carolina. It has the traditional limonite coating.

Garnet Crystal weighs 9.2 oz or 0.57 lb (261g)
and measures 2.
3 x 2 x 1.6 inches (58 x 50 x 40 mm)
Item# 60GARMORG03201001
Old Stock Almandine Garnet
Crystal from Morganton, NC

$3
4.50
This is a Rare Find...Old Stock specimen of trapezohedron crystals (24 faces)
Almandine Garnet collected in the 1970's near Morganton in Burke County, North
Carolina. It has the traditional limonite coating.

Garnet Crystal weighs 4.6 oz or 0.28 lb (131g)
and measures 1
.9 x 1.8 x 1.4 inches (48 x 46 x 36 mm)
Item# 61GARMORG03201001
Old Stock Almandine Garnet
Crystal from Morganton, NC

$
36.00
This is a Rare Find...Old Stock specimen of trapezohedron crystals (24 faces) Almandine Garnet collected
in the 1970's near Morganton in Burke County, North Carolina. It has the traditional limonite coating.

Garnet Crystal weighs 8.4 oz or 0.52 lb (239g)
and measures 2
.2 x 2 x 1.7 inches (56 x 51 x 44 mm)
Item# 62GARMORG03201051
7 pc Old Stock Almandine
Garnet Crystal
Set from
Morganton, NC

$7
2.00
This is a Rare Find...Set of 7 Old Stock specimens of trapezohedron crystals (24
faces) Almandine Garnet collected in the 1970's near Morganton in Burke County,
North Carolina. They have the traditional limonite coating.

Garnet Crystal set weighs 4.4 oz or 0.27 lb (125g)
They are shown in a 2-1/2 x 2-1/2inch display box that is 1 inch deep
Item# 63GARMORG03201002
9 pc Old Stock Almandine
Garnet Crystal Set from
Morganton, NC

$
83.00
This is a Rare Find...Set of 9 Old Stock specimens of trapezohedron crystals (24
faces) Almandine Garnet collected in the 1970's near Morganton in Burke County,
North Carolina. They have the traditional limonite coating.

Garnet Crystal set weighs 6 oz or 0.38 lb (171g)
They are shown in a 2-1/2 x 2-1/2inch display box that is 1 inch deep
Item# 64GARMORG03201002
9 pc Old Stock Almandine
Garnet Crystal Set from
Morganton, NC

$
84.00
This is a Rare Find...Set of 9 Old Stock specimens of trapezohedron crystals (24
faces) Almandine Garnet collected in the 1970's near Morganton in Burke County,
North Carolina. They have the traditional limonite coating.

Garnet Crystal set weighs 6 oz or 0.38 lb (172g)
They are shown in a 2-1/2 x 2-1/2inch display box that is 1 inch deep
This is a Rare Find...Set of 9 Old Stock specimens of trapezohedron crystals
(24 faces) Almandine Garnet collected in the 1970's near Morganton in Burke
County, North Carolina. They have the traditional limonite coating.

Garnet Crystal set weighs 5.6 oz or 0.35 lb (159g)
They are shown in a 2-1/2 x 2-1/2inch display box that is 1 inch deep
Item# 65GARMORG03201002
9 pc Old Stock Almandine
Garnet Crystal Set from
Morganton, NC

$
82.00