Indian Garnet from the Bay of Bengal
Indian Garnet is mined from a 50 mile beach deposit near Tuticoran on the Bay of Bengal.
The Indian Garnet miners depend on monsoonal rains to wash soluble salts from the Garnet. (The material is mined from a beach deposit, so it is high in soluble salts). Unfortunately it is very difficult to guarantee low salt levels in Indian Garnet as there is no controlled wash process or batch trace-ability. Indian Garnet can have high dust levels and uncontrolled amounts of organic matter in it.
Indian Garnet is also a younger Garnet Abrasive geologically and has only had one weathering process (the wave action), so it typically is dustier to blast with (the soft edges which haven’t been weathered off break off and create a dust cloud) and the younger softer grains break down easier, reducing the recycle-ability. Indian Garnet in general has these characteristics.
Blast-One does hold substantial inventory of Indian Garnet as it is a cheaper abrasive per pound/per ton, however we firmly believe that Premium Australian Garnet is not only the more efficient but is also more cost effective when considering the faster cleaning rates and reduced consumption rate.