The Gemstone Rhodolite (Garnet)
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.
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Rhodolite has quickly grown into a standard jewelry gemstone. It has an attractive color, and is often very clean being without any flaw
s and inclusion
s. Rhodolite is generally a lighter in color then Pyrope
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 cabochon
s 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
Rhodolite is usually a lighter tint then the similar Almandine
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