Rhodolite garnet is a garnet that contains a mixture of pyrope and almandite, which gives it a purplish, pinkish or purple red colour. Rhodolite garnet is very popular and has an almost velvety red with beautiful darker undertones. The name “rhodolite” stems from the stones found in North Carolina in the late 19th century, whose shade was comparable to rhododendrons. Rhodolite is much lighter and brighter than red garnet, which is how you can tell them apart.
Rhodolite garnet prices will depend mainly on the cut and quality of the loose gemstone. If you are hoping to buy rhodolite garnet, you should look for such things as inclusions (trace metals present in the stone), carats and cut. Some of the most common cuts of rhodolite garnet include:
• Pillow • Tear drop • Heart
Why Buy Loose Rhodolite Garnet?One of the best reasons to buy loose rhodolite garnet is that it gives you a lot of choice. When you buy rhodolite garnet as a loose gemstone, it means that you will be able to place it in any setting you like. For example, many people have a lot of jewellery that has been in the family for years but is completely damaged. It is possible to have this melted and shaped into a new piece of jewellery, thereby keeping the metal in the family but also creating a new heirloom.
Another very good reason to buy loose rhodolite garnet is that you will be able to completely check the quality of the stone itself. If you buy a piece of jewellery with a stone pre-set in it, you will not be able to see whether the setting actually hides any imperfections and flaws.
Rhodolite Garnet Myths and LegendsRhodolite is said to be most useful for those born under the star sign of Leo and Sagittarius. Leos can use it to gain a better understanding of the world and give them inner harmony. A Sagittarius may become aroused, as well as gaining strength and confidence.
It is said to be a stone of vitality and passion. Women should wear rhodolite garnet on their right arm for increased self confidence and in order to become more attractive. Men can also become more attractive when wearing rhodolite garnet.
It has been believed for many years that rhodolite garnet improves immunity and prevents illnesses of the respiratory system. It also helps with issues of the nervous system and reduces stress.
Rhodolite Garnet SourcesRhodolite garnet was initially found in North Carolina in the United States. It is also found in Myanmar (previously Burma), Tanzania, China, Brazil, Madagascar, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, South Africa and Sri Lanka (Ceylon).
It is believed that the North Carolina mines have now been almost completely exhausted. When rhodolite garnet was first discovered, it was very expensive. However, because the market was flooded with the stones prices dropped significantly. Now that they have become rarer again, this is once again reflected in rhodolite garnet prices, which have gone up significantly. This means that if you have an old piece of jewellery with rhodolite garnet in the setting, this may be of significant value now.