This iron aluminum Garnet, also called Almandine, comes from the Nambunju Mine in the Linde District of Tanzania. The name Almandine comes from the Anatolian City of Alabanda, where the stones were cut in ancient times. Throughout history Almandite has been used abundantly in ornamentation. In the Cabinet of Medals, the Chosroes bowl, a sixth century piece, includes engraved disks of Almandite Garnet. Almandite is the hardest, and thus the most durable of all the Garnets, with a hardness of 7.5. It is also one of the brightest gems, possessing a refractive index of 1.77 to 1.83.
Rose Almandite Garnet
- Clean, select pieces of this fantastic rough in pieces from 3 to 9.90 cts. each. Great for cutting earring, ring, or pendant size gems. This material will cut from 5 mm to 8x10 mm gems.