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Almandine is one section of the garnet family, or rather almandine and pyrope together give us various garnet types.

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pear rhodolite with certificate
Price:
$666.00

3.33 Carat
Deep Red-Purple
Medium Dark 80
Lightly Included

round rhodolite with color change certificate from DSEF
Price:
$720.00

0.71 Carat
Deep Red-Pink-Purple
Medium Dark 75
Lightly Included

red garnet from kashmir free of treatments, oval
Price:
$1,200.00

2.65 Carat
Rich Rose Red 
Medium Dark 75
Lightly Included

red garnet from kashmir free of treatments, oval
Price:
$780.00

1.54 Carat
Deep Orange Red 
Medium Dark 80
Free of Inclusions

Untreated Bordeaux red garnet
Price:
$660.00

1.12 Carat
Deep Rose Red
Medium Dark 75
Free of Inclusions

round rhodolite with IGI certificate deep red purple
Price:
$550.00

0.96 Carat
Deepest Reddish Purple
Medium Dark 80
Lightly Included

Rose purple pink Ceylon rhodolite
Price:
$1,540.00

2.43 Carat
Rose Purple Pink 
Medium Dark 70
Lightly Included

 

Rich orange pink pair of Malaya garnets

5.61 Carat (sold)
Rich Orange Pink 
Medium Dark 75
Twice No Inclusions

red montana garnet in full size
Price:
$3,200.00

6.01 Carat
Bordeaux Red
Medium Dark 80
Very Lightly Included

oval red garnet with certificate and untreated color

1.72 Carat (sold)
Deep Orangish Red 
Medium Dark 75
Free of Inclusions

Ceylon Rhodolite in deep red
Price:
$2,200.00

6.84 Carat
Rich Rose Red 
Medium Dark 70
Lightly Included

oval red garnet with certificate and untreated color
Price:
$750.00

2.07 Carat
Deep Orangish Red 
Medium Dark 75
Free of Inclusions

dark pear red spessartite
Price:
$890.00

1.58 Carat
Deepest Red-Orange
Medium Dark 80
Lightly Included

 

oval red garnet with certificate and untreated color
Price:
$690.00

1.62 Carat
Dark Rose Red 
Medium Dark 80
Very Lightly Included

deer red bargain rhodolite at 150 per carat
Reg. Price:
$980.00
Sale Price:
$300.00
Save:
$680.00

2.17 Carat
Red-Purple-Red
Medium Dark 85
Lightly Included

untreated gemstone jewelry
Price:
$999.00

4.79 Carat
14k Yellow Gold

Bordeaux Red
Medium Dark 75

round rhodolite with orange hue and dark undertone
Price:
$820.00

1.92 Carat
Purple Orange-Red
Medium Dark 80
Lightly Included

bordeaux red garnet in jumbo size
Price:
$3,200.00

12.88 Carat
Bordeaux Red
Medium Dark 80
Very Lightly Included

 

bordeaux red garnet in jumbo size
Price:
$990.00

7.39 Carat
Bordeaux Red
Dark 90
Free of Inclusions

 

oval rhodolite with certificate and finest berry color
Price:
$3,700.00

4.19 Carat
Finest Rose Red 
Medium Dark 70
Free of Inclusions

spessartite without treatments and IGI
Price:
$660.00

2.06 Carat
Deep Reddish Orange
Medium Dark 75
Very Lightly Included

namian full size red orange spessartite round
Price:
$1,950.00

2.43 Carat
Deep Red-Orange
Medium Dark 75
Lightly Included

 

pear rhodolite with certificate
Reg. Price:
$1,880.00
Sale Price:
$980.00
Save:
$900.00

5.33 Carat
Deep Rose Red
Medium Dark 80
Lightly Included

Ceylon red garnet in good color
Price:
$999.00

2.72 Carat
Bordeaux Red
Medium Dark 75
Lightly Included

red garnet pair for studs
Price:
$990.00

3.84 Carat (pair) (hold)
Bordeaux Red
Medium Dark 75
Free of Inclusions

Deep orange red Mozambique spessartite
Price:
$3,250.00

6.48 Carat
Deep Orange-Red
Medium 75
Free of Inclusions

Tanzanian Ruby
Reg. Price:
$980.00
Sale Price:
$750.00
Save:
$230.00

11.73 Carat
Deep Bordeaux Red
Medium Dark 80
Free of Inclusions

Deep Bordeaux red star Garnet
Reg. Price:
$1,530.00
Sale Price:
$990.00
Save:
$540.00

7.38 Carat
Deep Bordeaux Red
Medium Dark 80
Translucent

Untreated Bordeaux red garnet
Price:
$660.00

1.59 Carat
Bordeaux Red
Medium Dark 75
Free of Inclusions

red garnet from kashmir free of treatments, oval orange red
Price:
$840.00

1.73 Carat
Orange Red 
Medium Dark 75
Free of Inclusions

Ceylon rhodolite garnet 1.61 carat, free of treatments, oval dark red purple in deepest tone
Price:
$750.00

1.61 Carat
Deep Purplish Red
Medium Dark 80
Free of Inclusions

Tanzanian rhodolite garnet 1.41 carat, free of treatments, oval red purple in neon hue
Price:
$975.00

1.41 Carat (hold)
Neon Reddish Purple
Medium Dark 70
Lightly Included

red garnet from sri lanka free of treatments, emerald cut, deep red
Price:
$490.00

0.85 Carat
Deep Bordeaux Red 
Medium Dark 80
Very Lightly Included

 

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The chemical details are rather boring and many gem labs will simply certify them as 'pyrope-almandine-garnet'. 100% pure almandine or pyrope is rare in nature. They usually come together and certain combinations are called 'rhodolite' or 'raspberry' garnets in some markets but not in others.

Whatever the mix, almandine is commonly deep red, and offers a reasonable alternative to ruby or red spinel. Though almandines are found all over the world they are a typical Ceylon gem for me. In good supply and in big sizes they make excellent material for precision cuts which uses up more rough and is thus rarely done on expensive rubies.

Well cut, medium dark red almandines are very thankful gems and easy on the budget. Avoid brown, bad cuts (no excuse to save rough here), and too dark shades. 'Medium 50' to 'Medium Dark 75' will do just fine. As stars and cat’s eyes they are often dark and thus rather cheap. 

Almandine has been produced as synthetic and can be treated to represent other gems. They are also used in doublets with ruby.

See how to judge an almandine on photo.

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