Pyrope Garnet (Anthill Garnet)

Buell Park, Sawmill, Defiance Plateau, Apache Co., Arizona, USA
Ex. Marvin Rockey
Gems, 7.21 mm, 1.79 ct
Start Time: 06/06/2024 7:30:00 pm (CDT)
End Time: 06/13/2024 7:00:00 pm (CDT)
Auction Closed
Winning Bid: $120

Item Description

These deep red "Anthill" Garnets from Arizona are some of the most well-known Garnets gems from any US locality. They have risen in popularity in recent years, largely because there has been an increase in demand for US gems among collectors in this country. The combination of the unique name and rich color has made these Garnets very desirable for many years. They are called "Anthill Garnets" due to the fact that they are found on and around the debris piles surrounding ant hills near the tiny town of Sawmill which is a part of Fort Defiance Agency on the Navajo Nation land. 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 beautiful "Round Brilliant" gem is virtually eye clean with a very deep red hue. 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.

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Bidding History

Bid Amount Bid Time
$120 06/12/2024 8:31:51 am (CDT)
$110 06/12/2024 8:31:51 am (CDT)
$100 06/11/2024 10:56:08 pm (CDT)