Friday, 12 January 2018

Rhodolite Garnet - January Birthstone

Rhodolite is a rose-red form of garnet. It is usually an intermediary variety between the pyrope and almandine series, usually containing more magnesium than iron in its chemical structure. It is often regarded as a variety of pyrope.
Rhodolite is 7 - 7.5 on the Mohs scale. Rhodolite has quickly grown into a standard jewelry gemstone. It has an attractive color, and is often very clean without flaws and inclusions.

Rhodolite is not a scientific term, but it is used 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.
Rhodolite is gaining popularity in both fine and high-end jewellery. It has become a favoured alternative to the increasingly expensive ruby. Rhodolite garnets are never treated or enhanced to bring out their colour.