I've been told by locals this is one of the finest Garnets gotten out of the top few inches of sand on this river beach. Of course it has yet to be cut and polished. These loose garnets have come a long way down the mountain, and I have yet to make the trek upward. I have been told bigger ones are at a higher elevation, but that will wait for my next trip. I literally collected all the garnets you see on this page either on top of the ground or within a few inches underneath. The loose garnets in the picture were found the way you see them. I am told that the whitish or cream coloration you see on the outside of most of these specimens is calcite. I need to confirm that, though.