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What is rhodolite garnet?

September 9, 2021

What is rhodolite garnet

Rhodolite is a term that is applied to a mineral that occupies an intermediate position in composition between almandine and pyrope and which differs in appearance from the border representatives of this group of garnets. Rhodolite garnets are purple-red or purplish-red in color and are more translucent. This type of garnet is considered one of the most beautiful gemstones and is actively used by jewelers all over the world. Today it can be found in many collections of famous jewelry houses.

Rhodolite is one of the very feminine, delicate, and romantic minerals. With its beauty, it attracts attention at first sight. The stone is characterized by an amazing ability to change color in various lighting conditions: from rich shades of red to deep green. In addition to its visual appeal, rhodolite also has valuable physicochemical properties, which we will discuss in this article. The information obtained from this article will help you get a complete picture of this stone and answer the question, "What is rhodolite garnet?"

Be sure to check out the Gem Lovers catalog, where you can see genuine exemplars of this gem currently on sale. Attached photos and videos to each lot will help create a complete impression of this mineral.

Distinguishing characteristics of rhodolite garnets

One of the distinguishing features of some rhodolites is the alexandrite effect – the ability to change color due to different lighting and viewing angles. So the mineral plays with deep reds, pinks, purples but can change them to rich greens. It is also worth highlighting the rarity of the gem. Often, its size does not exceed 3 cm, and large crystals are rarely mined. In addition, this type of garnet has special physical properties that distinguish it from other gemstones with which it is so similar.

rhodolite garnets

  • Color: purple or purple-red
  • Refractive index: 1.76-1.74
  • Density: 3.65 - 3.84 g / cm³
  • Hardness: 7.5 on the Mohs scale
  • Luster: glassy, ​​silky
  • Dispersion: 0.025

Jewelers give minerals various forms, especially round cut, oval, stepped edges, marquise are in demand. At the same time, gems of extraordinary designer cuts, the price of which are quite high, are very rarely observed. Minerals that are of poor quality are cabochon cut. It is important to note that the presence of imperfections and inclusions does not indicate the poor quality or unsuitability of the crystal. On the contrary, with the help of these flaws, it is possible to refract light rays advantageously.

The price of rhodolite stone tends to increase all the time. World markets do not predict its decline in the future. Like pink specimens of the mineral, stones with the alexandrite effect are extremely rare on sale and cost a lot of money. Therefore, you can safely regard this stone as an investment because of its distinctive characteristics. 

We hope that our article helped you answer the question “What is rhodolite garnet?” See the Gem Lovers catalog for a more detailed look at exemplars of this gem.


What does rhodolite garnet mean?

Rhodolite garnets are named from the Greek word "rhodon", which means "rose-colored". It concerns the color of the stone.

Where does rhodolite garnet come from?

Some of the finest examples of rhodolite garnets come from Sri Lanka. There are also deposits of stone in Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Kenya.

What birthstone is rhodolite?

Rhodolite is intended as one of the natural birthstones for people who were born as the old year wanes, and the new is about to arrive at the winter solstice (November 21 - December 20).

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