Directory of Gems - Gem Dictionary - reference guide to Almandine (Almandite)
Almandine, also known incorrectly as almandite, is a species of mineral belonging to the garnet group. Almandine occurs rather abundantly in the gem-gravels of Sri Lanka, whence it has sometimes been called Ceylon-ruby. When the color inclines to a violet tint, the stone is often called Syrian garnet, a name said to be taken from Syriam, an ancient town of Pegu.
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