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Almandine / Spessartine Garnet, Lion Springs, Aquarius Mountains Arizona


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I collected at this locality recently, and found a few ok specimens. There is some debate as to the chemical makeup of the garnets from 

here. Some say Spessartine and others list it as Almandine. Either way , they are so blood red that they appear to be black. 

My collecting was limited to using a sledge hammer on the Rhyolite, attempting to expose vugs with Garnets perched inside. The garnets all have attachment points 

and no free floaters were found. 

If you decide to collect here, be ware that the road is very rough in spots, and a 4x4 is highly recommended.

Heres a couple specimens I found. The largest garnet is 1cm in width.

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22 hours ago, adam said:

About 8 ....The small ones 1/4 inch & under are more common, but the last boulder I was working on , had bigger garnets.

I wish you would have found some softball sized garnets for all the work you did.



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