This is an almandine garnet from Kenya. Fine quality almandine garnet tends to be in the true red spectrum with orange or violet highlights. Garnet’s relative durability of 7.5 to 8 on Moh’s hardness scale lends itself to more everyday wear, and its high refractive index gives it great sparkle. Gem cutters generally love to cut garnet, as it takes a polish very well and has an adamantine (diamond-like) finish. Garnet is found in many places around the globe, but ANZA Gems garnets are sourced directly from Tanzania and Kenya. Garnet is not usually treated or altered in any way.