The Gemstone Rhodolite (Garnet)

Deep Purple Rhodolite

Rhodolite describes a rose-red form of Garnet that has a lighter tone and more purplish color than typical Garnet gemstones. It is usually an intermediary variety between the Pyrope and Almandine series, usually containing more magnesium than iron in its chemical structure, thus leaning closer towards Pyrope. It is often regarded as a variety of Pyrope.


? Red, Purple


? 7 - 7.5

Chemical Formula

? (Mg,Fe)3Al2Si3O12

Mineral Class

? Garnet (Pyrope)

Additional Properties

Crystal System
? Isometric
Refractive Index
? 1.770 - 1.820
Double Refraction
? None
? Transparent to translucent
? 3.9 - 4.3
? Vitreous
Cleavage ? None. May exhibit parting.

All About

Rhodolite has quickly grown into a standard jewelry gemstone. It has an attractive color, and is often very clean being without any flaws and inclusions. Rhodolite is generally a lighter in color then Pyrope and Almandine Garnets, and often comes in purplish tints not present in other red Garnets. The name Rhodolite is not a scientific term, and this form of Garnet is not recognized as an individual mineral species. Despite this, the term is used and accepted in the gemstone industry. In the trade it can be called either Rhodolite Garnet, or simply just Rhodolite. The origin of the name is from the Greek word, "rhodon", meaning rose, alluding to its color.


? Rhodolite is used in all forms of jewelery, especially rings, earrings, and pendants. It is also polished into cabochons and beads for use in bracelets and necklaces, and may be tumbled into smooth irregular stones for jewelry.

Treatments & Enhancements

? Garnet gemstones, including Rhodolite, are not enhanced, and their colors are always natural.

The Gemstone Rhodolite (Garnet) Sources

? Rhodolite sources include Tanzania, Mozambique, Sri Lanka, Brazil, and the U.S. (North Carolina).

Similar Gemstones

? Rhodolite is usually a lighter tint then the similar Almandine and Pyrope Garnets. It can be similar to Ruby, though Ruby is harder and usually lacks the violet hue. Spinel and Rubellite Tourmaline can also closely resemble Rhodolite. Amethyst is a more pure purple color, lacking the reddish color.

The Gemstone Rhodolite (Garnet) Photos


The Gemstone Rhodolite (Garnet) in the Rough Photos


The Gemstone Rhodolite (Garnet) Jewelry Photos



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