Almandine is a variety of garnet that receives its purplish red color from the prescence of iron. It is one of the hardest of the garnet varieties, and it can have a S.G. between 6.5 and 7.5.

Almandine is also called Almandite, which is a form of almandine with a specific gravity of 4.32. Almandite is sometimes used for inexpensive jewelry.