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X = Ca, Fe, etc.
Z = Al, Cr, etc.
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.
Named from granatum (a pomegranate) for its resemblance to seeds of this fruit.
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 URL:
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Chemical Properties of Garnet


X = Ca, Fe, etc.
Z = Al, Cr, etc.
Essential elements:
All elements listed in formula:

Other Names for Garnet

Name in Other Languages:
Simplified Chinese:石榴子石

Other Information

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

References for Garnet

Reference List:
Geiger, C. A. (2013): Garnet: A key phase in nature, the laboratory, and technology. Elements 9, 447-452.

Galoisy, L. (2013): Garnet: From stone to star. Elements 9, 453-456.

[For further references see "Garnet Structural Group" page.]

Internet Links for Garnet

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Localities for Garnet

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