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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.

General Info

Major Sources

Brazil, India, Madagascar, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, United States.


Environmental Factor


 HeatAbrupt temperature changes likely to cause fracturing
 ChemicalsNone, except concentrated hydrofluoric acid.



7-7.5 on the Mohs scale


Fair to good


Garnet is rated "good" for everyday wear. Avoid exposure to heat and sudden changes in temperature.

To clean, gently scrub with a soft toothbrush and a solution of mild dish soap and warm water, or clean in an at-home ultrasonic unit.

Further care instructions