These deep purplish-red garnets were often featured in Victorian Jewelry. When they are cut en cabochon they are referred to as "carbuncles."

Gemological Information for Almandine

Color: Red to purplish-red, pale to deep mauve (Idiochromatic; almandine is colored by one of it's essential ingredients: iron ions)
Crystal Structure Cubic
Refractive Index: 1.76-1.81
Durability: Good
Hardness: 7.25
Family: Garnet
Similar Stones: Pyrope, Ruby, Spinel
Treatments: Usually not treated
Country of Origin:
  • Worldwide. Major localities include India, Australia, Sri Lanka, Madagascar, Brazil and Tanzania.

Almandine Care

Ultrasonic Cleaning: Safe
Steam Cleaning: Safe
Warm Soapy Water: Safe
Chemical Attack: Avoid
Light Sensitivity: Stable
Heat Sensitivity: Stable