Garnet Photos    
Cochise College               
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Roger Weller, geology instructor    copyright 2011-R.Weller

garnet-dodecahedron crystals

different colors of grossularite
     At the mere mention of the word, garnet, a mental image of a dark brownish

red color comes to mind.  Most garnets seen in inexpensive jewelry are of this color,

but the garnet family of minerals has a surprising variety of colors.  In the photo

below there are three dodecahedron crystals of grossularite (a calcium-aluminum

garnet).  One is a pale pink, another green, and one brown, all colored by impurities. 

Other members of the garnet family have even brighter colors of reddish-
purple, orange, dark pink, and dark olive green.


garnet                                                                                                                                    20mixed
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Just credit photo to R.Weller/Cochise College.