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X = Ca, Fe, etc.
Z = Al, Cr, etc.
Name:Named Carchedonius Garamanticus = Carthaginian or Garamantic Carbuncle in 77-79 by Pliny the Elder. Earlier named ΑνθραϪέ by Tyrtamus, commonly known by his honorary name, Theophraestus, possibly about 325-300 BCE, but seemingly a name also used for ruby spinel and red-pink sapphires.

The classical name for a group of silicate minerals with the same structure.
Not to be confused with the garnet structural group which on Mindat is defined as a larger group of minerals with the same crystal-structure type as that of the classical garnet minerals, but including minerals that are not silicates.

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Classification of Garnet

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Chemical Properties of Garnet


X = Ca, Fe, etc.
Z = Al, Cr, etc.
Simplified for copy/paste:X3Z2(SiO4)3
Essential elements:O, Si
All elements listed in formula:O, Si

Other Names for Garnet

Garnet Group
Other Languages:
Simplified Chinese:石榴子石

Other Information

Health Warning:No information on health risks for this material has been entered into the database. You should always treat mineral specimens with care.

Internet Links for Garnet

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