Almandine Garnet continues as a popular gemstone today. It serves as a birthstone for the month of January and is a traditional gem given on a second anniversary. Most people will think of a red gemstone when they hear the name “garnet” because they are not aware that garnet occurs in a variety of colors. However, gem-quality garnets occur in every color – with red being the most common and blue garnets being especially rare.
|Color||Typically red, but can be orange, green, yellow, purple, black, or brown. Blue garnets are extremely rare.|
|Diaphaneity||Transparent to translucent|
|Mohs Hardness||6.5 to 7.5|
|Specific Gravity||3.5 to 4.3|
|Diagnostic Properties||Hardness, specific gravity, isometric crystal habit, lack of cleavage|