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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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