Alternative Names: None
Mineral Species: Almandine
Mineral Group: Silicates - nesosilicates
Chemical Formula: Fe3Al2Si3O12
Crystal System: Cubic (Isometric)
Colour: Deep red to black
Typical Appearance: Usually dodecahedral or trapezoidal crystals, or a combination of the two.
Birthstone: Leo, Virgo, Capricorn and Aquarius
Chakra Alignment: Root
Origin of Name & Mythology: From Alabanda in Turkey, an ancient gem cutting centre.
In addition to the general properties of Garnet, Almandine Garnet facilitates meditation, giving a feeling of inner expansion. It energises from the Root Chakra up, and helps to eliminate unhealthy inhibitions. It can be used as an aid in transformation.