Grossular Garnet w/ Calcite, Epidote, and Vesuvianite
Coyote Front Range, Bishop, California
Just the very beginning of the many garnet specimens we brought back from our collecting trip to Bishop with our friend Jason. These were collected September 8 & 9, 2011, right before leaving for the Denver Gem & Mineral Show in Colorado.
The garnets form within the white calcite pods, that are located within the extremely hard, skarn matrix. The material is first blasted with a compressed air explosive device, to crack the matrix. The garnets are then worked from the wall with chisels and sledge hammers.
The calcite and excess matrix is further removed once we return home. Processing is completed with hand tools, power tools and acids. We have only just begun to process this material and prepare it for wholesale. These photos are of some of the smaller, gemmy pieces that are in the miniature, thumbnail, and jewelry supply lots.