|Gem-quality garnets and diopside found in anthills.|
|Looking for gemstone garnet in anthills in Wyoming|
|An ugly giant garnet found in kimberlite.|
To get the garnet out of the hard rock may be a challange: sometimes it is worthwhile to pan adjacent drainages for garnets that have already been weathered out of the outcrop. While you are looking for garnet, if you do stumble upon a vermiculite schist, look closely for garnet and even for ruby. In the outcrop, they may look similar, but they do have different crystal habits. Garnets are normally equal dimensional, whereas ruby and sapphire form prisms (elongated in one direction).
|Garnet schist in the Elmers Rock greenstone belt. Many |
dozens of garnets are visible in this photo.
Some people have a difficult time figuring out how to find gemstones and where to find them. These people are like a person who calls himself, Mr. Earl. A person who jumps to conclusions without ever going into the field. I know this sounds obvious, but if you don't get out of the house and into the field, you cannot find anything.
|Ruby-sapphire vermiculite schist with blue kyanite|
|Large pink sapphire porphyroblast in vermiculite.|
|Classical equal-dimensional crystal habit of garnet.|