These dark red Almandine Garnets teardrops are very clear. Each facetted stone measures ~ 9mm long by 5mm wide. Each strand measures ~ 8" in length. This Almandine Garnet is from India.
Garnet forms when sedimentary rock with a high aluminum content, is under intense heat and pressure. Garnet are formed by metamorphism, the garnets start out small and grow over time, displacing and replacing the surrounding rock, commonly schist. Garnet has been used as a gemstone for thousands of years and has been found in jewelry in Egyptian burials and Ancient Rome. Almandine Garnet is the most common type of Garnet and it is often referred to as Garnet. Almandine Garnet is usually dark red to reddish brown; it is the hardest form of Garnet, and the deep red kind is the most valuable color. Garnet is the birthstone for January.