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Anthill Garnets are Extraordinary American Gems !
Anthill Garnets " In the Rough " Under 1ct is normal, 1 - 2ct sizes we consider Large
Chrome Pyrope Red Anthill Garnets
GEM TYPE ~ Ant hill Garnet # 3-805
QUANITY ~ 1 stone
SIZE ~ About 7.5 x 10 x 4.5mm
Ct Weight ~ 3.40 ct, One of my Largest, Rare this size
COLOR ~ Gorgeous Ruby Red
CLARITY ~ Transparent, Inclusions yes, but hard to see with the darker tones
MOHS HARDNESS ~ 7 - 7.5
BIRTHSTONE ~ For January
SHAPE ~ Semi-Flat thickness Freeform or Specimen Uncut Rough
TREATMENT ~ None, Natural Untreated
ORIGIN ~ Arizona, Navajo Indian Reservation ( 4 Corners Area )
Anthill Garnets are a sub-category of chrome bearing Pyrope Garnet. With an intense Ruby Red Color, Caused by trace amounts of Chromium and the purest of red Garnets with no brown tones.
Anthill Garnets do not come in larges sizes, But even small stones are Stunning, Ant hill Garnets work well for accent gemstones, Ideal for Earrings, bracelets
Ants bring the tiny Ruby Red stones to the surface when building mounds. Anthill Garnets are the Rarest of the Red Garnet Family
Anthill Garnets appear Dark in the Rough, We take pictures of each stone or stones for our listings, what you see is what you get
The reason Cut or Faceted "Anthill" garnets are usually so small is due to their dark tone. Generally only cut stones under 5 mm. show off the wonderful pure red hue. Above that size the tone darkens.
Sizes of Anthill Garnets " in the Rough ", Under 1ct is normal, 1 - 2ct sizes are considered Large, 2 - 5ct very large, Anything larger I would suspect it is not a true Anthill Garnet and even if it was its tone would be to dark. Keep in mind that most Gemcutters say the average yield is about 25% to 30% for the finished stone after cutting, The best and brightest cut stones should be in the 1ct or under range.
"ANT HILL" (PYROPE) GARNET
"Ant Hill" Garnets are Pyrope Garnets from the Navajo Nation area of Arizona. They acquired their unusual nickname because ants actually do bring up the Pyrope crystals from below ground and deposit them on top of the ant hill. They have never been mined commercially because there just aren't enough of them - so the ants are the "miners" and gem hunters just pick up the crystals from the sides of the ant hills. "Ant Hill" Garnets have the finest bright ruby-red color of the Garnet family. As a side note, during the 1800's the Navajos used water-worn and rounded "Ant Hill" Garnets as bullets - they believed that the blood-red color helped produce fatal wounds.
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