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Almandine Garnet Mineral | Find Out Everything About It

limz Published On Tue Feb 04 2020   Modified On Tue Feb 04 2020
Almandine Garnet Mineral | Find Out Everything About It

Almandine is the most common species of Garnet with a violet tint. It is a transparent to translucent stone that has a conchoidal fracture and its cleavage is absent. 

Almandine symbolizes protection, love, care, truth, wisdom, creativity, and strength. These stones are widely known for their beauty and healing properties. It is one of the most beautiful species of Garnet.

Let us learn more about Almandine.

Meaning

 Almandine, also known as almandite has a cubic crystal system. These stones are associated with the first or base chakra and it helps to open up and balance the base chakra. These stones help to provide security, promote spiritual grounding, bring a sense of wildness and strength, and improve divine connection. It also helps to reduce greediness, negativity, fear, and balance the flow of energy.

Origin and History

Almandine Garnet Tumblestones.
Almandine Garnet Tumblestones.
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The name "Almandine" was given after the city of Alabanda near Miletos and Ephesos in Asia Minor (Turkey). Pliny the Elder, a Roman author, mentioned Alabanda as a Garnet cutting and trade center. 

During the 19th century, the Australian people misconceived these stones as Ruby because it looked the same. Connecticut, a US state, is one of the finest sources of these stones and these stones were announced as the state gemstone of Connecticut in 1977 by the General Assembly.

Formation Process

Almandine is a common mineral that is mostly found in Garnet schists (a medium-grade metamorphic rock composed mostly of mica). It can also be found in granites and tonalites. Most of these stones are found mixed with pyrope and spessartine. 

Formula

The chemical formula of Almandine is Fe2+3Al2Si3O12. These stones are rated 7-7.5 on the Mohs scale of hardness and they have a greasy to vitreous luster. 

Types

  • Common Garnet
  • Precious Garnet
  • Syrian Garnet

Colors Available

Beautiful Oval Cut Red Almandine Gemstone.
Beautiful Oval Cut Red Almandine Gemstone.
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  • Deep Red
  • Brownish Red
  • Red-Violet
  • Black

Mines Available

  • Barton Garnet Mines, North Creek, New York, US
  • Red Embers Mine, Franklin County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Sedalia Mine, Salida, Colorado

Cost Per Carat

The price of Almandine can vary anywhere from $100 to $200 depending on its colors, quality, and size. The largest Almandine crystal was found at the Norwegian Sunfjord deposit that is about a meter in length and weighs about a ton.

Uses

  • Almandines can be often used as an abrasive agent.
  • These stones are also used as gemstone in brooches, pins, and jewelry.

Spiritual Properties

Almandine Garnet Necklace and Earrings.
Almandine Garnet Necklace and Earrings.
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  • Almandine helps to achieve one's goal in life, repel negative energies, protect against evil spirits, overcome fear, and improve self-reliance.
  • These stones also help to promote deep and unconditional love, regain strength, find compassion in one's heart and purifies the body, mind, and soul.
  • It also helps to aid eye-related problems, treat the liver, lungs, and pancreas, stimulate circulation, and heal physical injuries.

Facts

  • Almandine Garnets are most commonly and frequently used as a gem.
  • During the 18th century, the Swedes in Russia mined these stones thinking that they were Ruby.
  • It cannot be scratched easily as it has the hardness of 7-7.5.
  • The main deposits of these stones are Austria, China, Sri Lanka, Czech Republic, Russia, and Brazil.

Jewelry Stores Near You

  • Reeves and Reeves, England
  • Michael Hill Aberdeen, Kamloops, BC, Canada
  • Garnet Jewelry, Austin, TS, USA

Online Stores

  • Etsy
  • Jared

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