The garnet found in the North Creek area is industrial grade. It is used mainly for abrasives. In addition to sandpaper, garnet is used in non-skid paint, emory boards, and grinding wheels. The Barton mines are still in operation and produce about 80% of the world’s abrasive garnet.
Garnet is a semi-precious gem and local craftspeople use Adirondack garnet to make jewelry.
In 1969, garnet was named the official gem of New York State.