Almandine

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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
Treatments Usually not treated
Localities
  • Worldwide. Major localities include India, Australia, Sri Lanka, Madagascar, Brazil and Tanzania.
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Garnet care
Ultrasonic cleaning Safe
Steam cleaning Safe
Warm soapy water Safe
Chemical attack Avoid
Light sensitivity Stable
Heat sensitivity Stable
Lang Antiques
Lang Antiques