The royal purple garnet is characterised by its intense violet tone, which ranges from intensely reddish to cool bluish purple tones. The high refraction of the garnet makes the violet colour sparkle strongly, which makes the stone particularly attractive. The royal purple garnet is a mixed crystal between the two garnet varieties pyrope and almandine. The gemstone has only been known in the trade for a few years. The stones are found in Mozambique and Tanzania.