Almandine is probably one of the most familiar of the closely related species that make up the garnet group.
It’s a fairly common red garnet, with a colour range from orangey red through to red to reddish purple.
Other species in the garnet group come in a variety of hues, from browns and oranges to vibrant greens. They are also found in many colours including red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, brown, black, pink and colorless. The rarest of these is the blue garnet.
Garnets of all species are considered January’s birthstone.