Fifteen Red Embers Garnets in Graphite - Massachusetts

 
These are fifteen almandine garnets that are in a 3.4" wide graphite matrix from the Red Embers Mine near Erving, Massachusetts. The graphite matrix has been worked to expose most of the garnets from each side, allowing light to pass through. There are black dravite tourmaline crystals peppered throughout the graphite matrix.

Note: The first photo in the listing shows the garnets backlit with a light source behind the rock showing how they glow.

Comes with an acrylic display stand.

The Red Embers Garnet Mine (previously known as the Two Fat Guys Mine) is located in Erving, Massachusetts. This mine is known for producing vibrant red, translucent almandine garnets in a graphite matrix. The mining of these specimens began over 20 years ago and to this day is still ongoing. The vein from which these specimens are extracted is composed primarily of graphite that ranges in size from 1 foot wide, up to 6 feet wide in some spots. The garnets are scattered throughout this graphite matrix along with black dravite tourmaline crystals.

The garnets from this mine exhibit vibrant red coloration, especially when backlit. For this reason, garnet specimens that are left in the graphite matrix are often worked along both sides to allow light to pass through the garnet, primarily with the help of air-abrasives. Some garnets are removed from the matrix to be cut and polished for jewelry application.



Photo of the diggings at the Red Embers Garnet Mine.
Photo of the diggings at the Red Embers Garnet Mine.
Photo of the diggings at the Red Embers Garnet Mine.
Photo of the diggings at the Red Embers Garnet Mine.
Extracting the garnets with the help of cutoff saws and heavy tools.
Extracting the garnets with the help of cutoff saws and heavy tools.
DETAILS
SPECIES
Garnet var. Almandine, Dravite & Graphite
LOCATION
Red Embers Mine, Erving, Massachusetts
SIZE
Matrix is 3.4 x 2.9", Largest garnet is .47" wide
CATEGORY
SUB CATEGORY
ITEM
#111898