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The Garnet Minerals


Almandine garnet from the Barton mine in New York's Adirondack Mountains. (more below)
Red garnet of the pyralspite group
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Almandine is one of the aluminum garnets, along with pyrope and spessartine (the "pyralspite" group). Almandine is typically deep red to purplish, the essential "garnet" color. Its composition is Fe2+3Al2(SiO4)3. Pyrope and spessartine have magnesium and manganese, respectively, instead of the iron (Fe).

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