Almandine Garnet Gemstone Information
About Almandine Garnet - History and Introduction
Almandine garnet, also known as almandite, belongs to the vast group of garnet gemstones. Almandine is one of the most common garnet varieties, but unfortunately, gem-quality stones have been very rarely surfacing in the international gem markets over the last decade. Even so, the price-per-carat for almandine has remained steady and very modest, similar to that of pyrope, another closely related popular red garnet variety. Although there are large amounts of almandine sourced from all over the world, only a small percentage are of gem quality. Most material is used as abrasives or sandblasting in the industrial sector, since it lacks the transparency and clarity that jewelers demand.
Identifying Almandine Garnet Back to Top
Almandine garnet can be difficult to distinguish from other garnet types by appearance alone, as well as other red stones. Almandine garnet will typically have darker tones compared to other red gems, but top-quality specimens do have red colors similar to that of ruby. A strong neodymium magnet will be able help distinguish garnet from other gemstones. Measuring a stone's magnetic susceptibility in collaboration with its refractive index can be used to distinguish specific garnet species and varieties, and it can also determine the percentage of composition in hybrid variety garnets.
Almandine Garnet Origin and Gemstone Sources Back to Top
Almandine garnet gemstones can be found in many origins and sources including Brazil, India, Madagascar, Sri Lanka and the United States. Smaller deposits exist in Austria and the Czech Republic. Almandine garnet star gemstones are found in India and the United States. Idaho is known to be a very large source for star garnet gems. Almandine found in Sri Lanka is sometimes referred to as Ceylon ruby.
Buying Almandine Garnet and Determining its Gemstone Value Back to Top
Almandine Garnet Gemological Properties: Back to Top
Almandine Garnet: Garnet Varieties or Similar Gemstones: Back to Top
Garnet is one of the most important gemstone groups available today. All garnet gemstones share a similar crystal structure and have similar, though slightly varying chemical compositions. In gemology, there are six primary species of garnet, including almandine garnet, pyrope garnet, spessartite garnet, grossularite garnet, uvarovite garnet and andradite garnet. Almandine is one of the red garnet varieties. There are also a variety of hybrid garnets with mixed compositions. The main garnet types are the most popular of garnets and the hybrid varieties are lesser known, but still very abundant.
Almandine Garnet Gemstone Mythology, Metaphysical and Alternative Crystal Healing Powers Back to Top
Red gemstone cabochons have historically been used as friendship gems. Ancient people thought that when a wise man dreamed about almandine garnets, he would soon discover a solution to all of the mysteries of life. Garnet is the birthstone for those who are born in January. It is also the stone which represents Aquarius on the zodiac. Those who wear garnet shall reap the many benefits and astrological powers that they possess. In Antiquity, as well as in the Middle Ages, people believed that the cosmos is reflected in the gemstones. The garnet is assigned to the planets Mars, Mercury and Pluto. The esoteric movement revived the ancient belief and the gem industry made it another marketing tool to certain gemstones, including garnets.
Almandine Garnet Gemstone and Jewelry Design Ideas Back to Top
Almandine garnets are used in all types of jewelry and are quite suitable for any design. They have excellent hardness, brilliance and durability which makes them ideal for use in rings, necklaces, bracelets, brooches and pendants. Typically, garnets are considered to be affordable, though there are rare varieties considered to be very expensive. When it comes to red gems and red gemstone jewelry, almandine and pyrope garnets are the most popular gem types used in jewelry today.
Note: Buy colored gemstones by size and not by carat weight. Colored stones vary in size-to-weight ratio. Some stones are larger and others are smaller than diamonds by weight in comparison.
Almandine Garnet Gemstone and Jewelry Care and Cleaning Back to Top
Garnet gemstones can be cleaned with warm water and a mild soap and then wiped with a soft cloth or soft brush if needed. After wiping, they should be properly rinsed using warm or room-temperature water to ensure all soapy residue is completely removed. Garnets should not be exposed to extreme heat, because any extreme temperature changes or fluctuations can cause fracturing.
- First Published: August-17-2006
- Last Updated: May-23-2017
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