What's Up With Those Brick Red Brownish Garnets
There are eight different species of garnets and they all have names. The most common, oldest and widespread is Almandine, also known as Almandite. Pyrope is another older variety. In their deep-red to brown color variation, this is the gem frequently seen in old jewelry set with a dozen or more small red stones. This is also usually the gem found in "gypsy" jewelry. Garnets don't have a high dispersion, what I call "sparkle factor," so when you also throw into the mix the color brown, well, you've got the makings for a rather dull gemstone. Not to despair, if you'd prefer a different color there are so many colorful choices for garnet including three different choices for green garnet.