Garnet Mining

Garnet, the January birthstone and official gem of New York State. During a recent trip to Herkimer, NY, I traveled about 2 hours north to one of the world’s largest garnet mines. Barton Garnet Mine on Gore Mountain in the heart of the Adirondack mountains. On this venture I was in awe once again of… Continue reading Garnet Mining

My Trip to Herkimer, NY

Written July 31, 2017 “A muddied diamond is better than an unsullied pebble.” ~Matshona Dhliwayo We’ve all heard the idiom about “a diamond in the rough”, right? How about a diamond in the mud. Actually the ones I was after are more of a crystal but they look like diamonds. More on my dirty story… Continue reading My Trip to Herkimer, NY