I've been collecting garnets from creek beds since i was a little girl. My first collection of garnets is one of my most prized possessions. I used to just pick them up right off of the ground when I was little. Big thanks to the sun for doing the work for me. Nowadaze I grab my hammer and hack away at the rocks. Garnets are only found in metamorphic rocks. The Philadelphia region lies above a lot of schist, so they're everywhere around here.