Inspire love and devotion in romantic partners.
Stay calm and focused during stressful times.
See all beings with clarity and compassion.
Allow love to heal and make you stronger.
Let Almandine Garnet teach you to be true to yourself.
Mineralogy of Almandine Garnet
Mineral Family: Garnet Group
Chemical Composition: Fe32+ AL 3 [SiO4 ] 3
Color: Red with violet tint
Crystal System: Cubic
Form/Habit: Dodecahedral, trapezohedral
Fracture: Conchoidal, splintery, brittle
Transparency: Transparent to opaque
Location: Garnets are found worldwide. The most important deposits are in Brazil, India, Madagascar, Sri Lanka, and the United States. Additional deposits are located in Austria and the Czech Republic.
Mineral Family: Almandine Garnet belongs to the Garnet Family, which is in turn a member of the Silicate Mineral Family. Silicate minerals are the largest family of minerals, including more than 25% of all known minerals and 40% of all common minerals. In addition to being a major part of the Earth’s crust, Silicate minerals have also been found on the moon and in meteorites. Silicates are minerals which contain the elements Silicon (a light gray shiny metal) and Oxygen (a colorless gas). Together, these two elements form a tetrahedron – a shape similar to a pyramid – with a Silicon atom in the center and Oxygen atoms at each of the four corners. These tetrahedra connect with other chemical structures, in six different ways, to form various minerals and rocks. There are six main groups of Silicate minerals, and these main groups are further subdivided into secondary subdivisions, such as Quartz and Garnet. The most common Garnet is Almandine (dark red). Other varieties include Andradite (black, green, yellow) Grossular (varied), Pyrope (red), Spessartine (orange/yellow), and Uvarovite (green).
Formation: Garnets can be formed in igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks. Almandine Garnet is formed when sedimentary rocks with a high aluminum content, such as Shale, are subjected to intense heat and pressure due to regional metamorphism. New minerals are formed and the garnets grow as the rock changes into Schist or other metamorphic rocks.
Mining: Garnets may be mined in open pits or in secondary alluvial deposits. They are occasionally found as inclusions in Diamonds. Garnets are mined for use as abrasives as well as for fine gemstones.
Enhancements: Lab created Garnets exist and are occasionally used in fine jewelry. Virtually all tumbled Garnets are natural, enhanced only by tumbling, cutting, and polishing.
Synonyms: Red Garnet, Oriental Garnet, Almandine Ruby, and Carbuncle
History of Almandine Garnet
Garnet has one of the oldest and most detailed historical traditions of any healing stone. It is included in virtually every known lapidary, texts which describe gemstones and their powers. Originally, the term “Garnet” was only used for the reddish varieties, Almandine and Pyrope, and did not include orange Spessartine, green Uvarovite, the various shades of Andradite or Grossular. For most of history, Red Garnets, Rubies, and other glowing red stones such as Spinal and Tourmaline were thought to belong to the same mineral family, called “Carbuncle” – a name which means “little spark.” It wasn’t until the 19th century that these stones were correctly divided into separate mineral families.
The name Garnet comes from the Latin words granum or granitus, meaning grain or seeds. These words in turn have an even older origin, coming from the Phonecian punica granatum, meaning “pomegranate seeds.” The reference refers to more than just the glowing red color and common shape of Almandine and Pyrope Garnets. Interestingly, when found in matrix, Garnets often cluster much like pomegranate seeds do.
Ancient Vedic texts record the origin story of many gemstones including Garnet. According to legend, long ago the demon, Vala, took the form of a stone cave where stolen cows were hidden. Indra, the leader of the demigods, split Vala apart, killing him and freeing the cows. Vala’s body was scattered across the earth and his various body parts were transformed into gems. His toenails became Red Garnets!
Garnet’s energy has always been considered particularly powerful. In Roman times, it was thought to bring out passion, even anger. Red Garnet’s blood-like color made it the obvious choice to represent Mars, the god of war. Centuries later, warriors from India would use Garnets as a projectile in guns, believing that a wound inflicted by the red stone would cause a more grievous injury than a mere bullet. By contrast, Christians saw Garnet as a symbol of Christ’s suffering on the cross and the Holy Qur’an describes the light of fourth level of Heaven as glowing like a Garnet. In Hindu and Buddhist traditions, red Garnets were associated with red lotus flowers and believed to increase wealth and fertility.
According to the medieval European lapidary, The Book of Seals, “…a Garnet with the image of a lion engraved thereon (is used) to protect and preserve the honors and health of the wearer.” As early as 1391, Garnet was listed as a cure for inflammatory diseases and in a departure from ancient thought, Garnet was said to cool anger. Garnet was also a popular antidote for poisons, either worn as jewelry or powdered and taken internally. It was thought to prevent over-indulgence and to encourage humility and bring peace. Chavealier Jean de Mandeville’s 14th century Lapidaire stated “They give courage to the heart, they chase away sadness and bring joy.” While the Book of Dreams states, “[Garnet] brings sleep to the sleepless, drives away the plague and evil spirits and attracts to its possessor riches, glory, honor and great wisdom, and to crown all, constancy with fidelity to all obligations.”
In medieval Indonesia, the ruler of the island of Albon was supposedly given a magical Garnet. According to legend, when the ruler was just a child his mother left him in a hammock stretched between two trees. A serpent slithered near the child and dropped a stone onto the prince’s body. When the parents realized what had happened, they correctly realized the serpent had given their child a wonderful gift, and in gratitude fed and cared for the serpent. The stone glowed golden-red and could light a room at night.
Healing Properties of Almandine Garnet
Spiritual: Almandine Garnet is a powerful talisman for spiritual warriors who seek Truth and Freedom and aren’t afraid to pay the price for that knowledge. It ignites within us a fierce desire for self-realization and gives us the strength to endure both spiritual hardships, as well as the more prosaic everyday struggles we all face. Almandine Garnet is also a very joyful stone, showing us the incredible beauty of this world and reminding us how truly fortunate we are. Almandine Garnet gives us courage and hope, helping us to see challenges as adventures and teaching us to move with both passion and serenity. Alamandine Garnet is attuned to the Root Chakra and is linked to the astrological signs of Leo, Virgo, Scorpio, Capricorn, Aquarius. It is connected to the elements of Earth and Fire and vibrates to the numbers 1 and 2.
Emotional: Almandine Garnet guides us to a place where we can feel emotionally free and peaceful. It gives courage to our hearts, daring us to love boldly and openly. Almandine Garnet strips away inhibitions, and feelings of shame and unworthiness, allowing us to truly embrace our own sensuality and sexuality. It likewise encourages us to be more accepting and comfortable with other people’s sexuality. Almandine Garnet is ultimately a profoundly sensible stone. It counsels us to follow a wise path, balancing our fiery passions with earthy common sense. This same balance can be applied to financial matters, helping us to earn, save and spend our money in a way that feels good. Almandine Garnet can also help us to better enjoy our own solitary company, encouraging us to actively cultivate self-love and self-respect.
Mental: Almandine Garnet helps us to release old ideas, beliefs, and patterns, whenever they no longer accurately represent our level of knowledge or our actual lifestyle. It is a stone of new beginnings and freedom, shaking us out of whatever rut we are in, and challenging us to come alive intellectually and creatively. Almandine Garnet encourages us to use our imagination and to get to work transforming our best dreams into a fantastic reality. It offers tremendous support for anyone who yearns for both practical knowledge and esoteric understanding, making it an especially good talisman for astronomers and mathematicians.
Physical: Almandine Garnet is a phenomenal stone for physical health, and is said to stimulate the metabolism and immune system, as well as fortifying the circulatory system. It is often used by metaphysical healers to treat issues related to sexuality and the reproductive organs. Almandine Garnet is also believed to to help the body regenerate cells after traumatic injuries or illness.
Always use wisdom when considering crystal therapies for healing.
Ethically Sourced Almandine Garnet
The Miners sell directly to the Lapidary.
The Lapidary sells directly to Moonrise Crystals.
Moonrise Crystals sells directly to you.
The Supply Chain
The Supply Chain is short.
The Mine and Lapidary are located in the same country.
This Almandine Garnet was artisanally-mined in Orrissa, India.
The exact deposit is unknown, but most likely caused only minor environmental damage,
and would have been relatively low risk for miners.
Learn More: Ethical Mining
This Almandine Garnet was polished in Mumbai, India.
The Lapidary is owned by a woman and is a family business.
The Lapidary is also the direct-importer & sells exclusively at large gem shows.
Learn More: Ethical Lapidary
I first met the owner of the lapidary in 2014 at the Gem and Mineral show in Tucson, Arizona. It was my first buying trip for my own store and I was nervous. Most lapidary owners were brisk and impatient with my questions, especially when I asked about the mines and the supply chains. But one man stood out to me as particularly patient and kind. He had been a whole-seller for over twenty years, yet he was happy to meet someone brand-new to the industry.
He took time to talk to me about the stones. They came from his home country of India and he was able to tell me exactly which state or territory each one came from and some of the conditions at the individual mines. When I told him that I wanted to source ethically, he said that it would be difficult, but that it was worthwhile challenge. He made me feel like I could succeed, both at ethical sourcing and at being a business woman.
I looked forward to a long business relationship with him. He died, unexpectedly, in 2016.
I stayed in touch with his family and in 2017 met his wife, teenage daughter, and his father. This three-generation family has picked up the pieces and learned how to run the business. The wife had never worked before, but she has gracefully stepped into her new role as a business owner. Her father-in-law offers practical and moral support, but makes sure that everyone knows that SHE is the boss and that checks should be written directly to her. The family continues to be supportive of my efforts to ethically source. More than any other lapidary, they are willing to speak openly with me about the difficult parts of the industry.
Almandine Garnet Tumbled Stone
Color: Dark red and brown . This is a 100 % natural stone, so minor variations are part of their unique beauty.
Size: 1 inch, or a little bit bigger
Weight: 1 oz
Shipping: Next business day – Domestic First Class averages 3-7 days. International First Class averages 2-3 weeks.
Safe Handling of Almandine Garnet
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