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  • Garnet is a group of minerals that have been used since the Bronze Age as gemstones and abrasives. Garnets are most often seen in red, but are available in a wide variety of colors spanning the entire spectrum. The name "garnet" comes from the Latin granatus ("grain"), possibly a reference to the Punica granatum ("pomegranate"), a plant with red seeds similar in shape, size, and color to some garnet crystals.
  • The garnet varieties are Almandine, Pyrope, Spessartine, Andradite, Grossular and Uvarovite.

Market

  • The markets for Barton's garnet is quite distinct from those of commercial garnet in general, and relate largely to high-end abrasive markets such as coated abrasives, micro-abrasives in electronic applications, pioneer market development in water-jet Cutting, and small scale cleaning and de-burring.
  • The garnet industry is becoming increasing more efficient, better managed, more sophisticated, well funded,
    and highly structured. The internal functions of the industry are still known largely by only those on the
    inside.
  • Garnet for industrial use was mined in 2006 by four firms, one in Idaho, one in Montana, and two in New York. The estimated value of crude garnet production was about $3.38 million, while refined material sold or used had an estimated value of $6.20 million. Major end uses for garnet were abrasive blasting media, 35%; waterjet cutting, 30%; water filtration, 15%; abrasive powders, 10%; and other end uses, 10%.

Application

  • Garnet is ground to a variety of sizes to be used as an abrasive. Garnet sandpaper was the original application of this mineral. It is also used to make a number of similar products, including sanding belts, discs, and strips. Today, the vast majority of garnet is used as an abrasive blasting material, for water filtration, in a process called water jet cutting, and to make abrasive powders.
  • Garnet is a semi-precious stone and their natural properties make it an efficient abrasive for blast cleaning applications. The combination of the high density and physical properties make it perhaps nature’s best abrasive for dry or wet blasting applications.
  • Garnet is used in water filtration, electronic components, ceramics, glass, jewelry, and abrasives used in wood furniture and transport manufacturing.
  • Garnets are also useful in defining metamorphic facies of rocks. For instance, eclogite can be defined as a rock of basalt composition, but mainly consisting of garnet and omphacite.

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