Pyrope Garnet (Anthill Garnet)

Buell Park, Sawmill, Defiance Plateau, Apache Co., Arizona, USA
Ex. Marvin Rockey estate
Gems, 11.96 mm x 10.49 mm, 4.07 ct
Start Time: 11/30/2023 7:30:00 pm (CST)
End Time: 12/07/2023 7:00:00 pm (CST)
Auction Closed
Winning Bid: $107

Item Description

A classic example of the famous "Anthill Garnets" from Arizona. These gems are found near the tiny town of Sawmill in the northeastern part of the states, which is a part of Fort Defiance Agency on the Navajo Nation land. The stones are called "Anthill Garnets" due to the fact that they are found on and around the debris piles surrounding ant hills. Essentially, the ants will remove the little Garnet crystals from underground while building their passages for the colony. On a sunny day, you can find hundreds of glowing red treasures on the surface near an anthill if you're in the right spot. These stones have been analyzed and confirmed as Pyrope Garnet, but they have a dynamic fiery red hue that's as fine as any Garnet species you'll find. This "Cut Corner Triangle" has a rich red color, but there are some visible inclusions. The significant aspect of the stone is that it's over 4 carats in weight, which is quite noteworthy for this material, and most stones rarely exceed 1-2 carats. Garnet is the birthstone for January, so this could make a great gift for anybody with a January birthday. This stone is from the estate of former Phoenix area dealer Marvin Rockey. Rockey's Gems was a significant business in the early days of Arizona lapidary material, and he was a prominent dealer and buyer in the Arizona area of local lapidary and carving material from throughout the state, including Bisbee, the Ray Mine, Miami mines, and the Peridot finds on Indian lands in the 1950s-1970s. This stone was kept back from the retail stock for its quality and beauty, in a tray of special material, and was found in his estate (sold to us only recently). Today, these are not only rarely seen but of a highly desirable old quality, and sought after by collectors and gem / jewelry enthusiasts alike.

Did You Know We Offer Custom Bases?

Learn More

Bidding History

Bid Amount Bid Time
$107 12/07/2023 2:20:52 pm (CST)
$97 * 12/07/2023 2:20:44 pm (CST)
$97 * 12/07/2023 2:20:43 pm (CST)
$75 12/06/2023 6:47:48 pm (CST)
$65 12/06/2023 6:46:51 pm (CST)
$58 12/06/2023 6:46:51 pm (CST)
$42 12/06/2023 6:42:05 pm (CST)
$37 12/06/2023 5:31:52 pm (CST)
$35 12/06/2023 5:31:52 pm (CST)
$30 12/06/2023 8:24:01 am (CST)
$25 12/06/2023 8:24:01 am (CST)
$20 12/06/2023 12:43:38 am (CST)
$15 * 12/06/2023 12:43:21 am (CST)
$15 * 12/06/2023 12:43:21 am (CST)
$10 12/02/2023 11:54:31 pm (CST)
* Proxy Bid Battle: In the event of two customers inputting matching proxy bids, the leading bid goes to the earliest of the two proxy bids. Tie winners are shown in bold.