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Connecticut State Symbols: State Mineral Almandine Garnet

Although Connecticut doesn't have a state gemstone, it does have a state mineral that is also a gemstone - the group of garnets classified as almandine (iron aluminum garnet).  These garnets are found in numerous locations throughout Connecticut: the most famous spots for finding garnets include Colchester, Redding and Roxbury.  Most garnets found in Connecticut are deep burgundy red, often with some brown undertones.  Gem quality garnets in the state are fairly rare, although some nice ones have been found.  This photo of Connecticut garnet crystals comes from erefe

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