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Little Pine Garnet Mine Adit

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Almandine garnets in schist

Almandine garnet crystals

Almandine garnets in Schist

Almandine garnets in schist

I polished the following Little Pine garnets on a diamond flat lap (pictures do not enlarge):

IMPORTANT UPDATE:  As of June 29, 2007, you must make prior reservations to collect at the Little Pine by contacting the owner, Jackie Ball, at 828-649-3464. You must stop by his office at Sandy Bottom Trail rides (SBTR) at 1459 Caney Fork Road in Madison County to pay and to receive a collecting ticket for the day. The directions to Sandy Bottoms may be found by clicking on the following link: SBTR Link. The fee is $25/day per person and this entitles you to a maximum of 2-1/2 gallons of material and the collecting hours are 10:00 AM until 4:00 PM.



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I made the following cabochon from material collected from this location (cab picture does not enlarge):