Oilpearl has a wide range of natural loose rhodolite garnet gemstones and also deals with custom jewelry for more than two decades. Please feel free to email us if you have any orders and we most warmly welcome you. We serve certificates from Gubelin, GIA- Gemological Institute of America, AIGS- Asian Institute of Gemological Sciences, Tokyo gem lab, GIT, GRS etc.
Garnet is the birthstone of the Month January. The name rhodolite is derived from the Greek word rhodon which means rose stone. The color resembles the tone of the flower rhododendron. The different shades or purple, pink and also lavender makes this a wonderful jewellery select. It is mostly available in alluvial soil and the origins are Srilanka, Zimbabwe, and lately in 1987 the origin was Tanzania where rhodolites of raspberry color are found. It is one stone which is tough and durable and the maintenance is easy when compared to all other garnets and gemstones. The clarity scale ranges from transparent to translucent and is mostly clean. The prices are moderate and many jewellery lovers like this ardent beauty at accomodable prices.
Rhodolites are a combination of Pyrope and almandine garnet varieties. The Almandine is Iron rich and appears in red tones and the Pyrope is iron and chromium rich deep red like Ruby. The rhodolite garnets are not known to be enhanced. The hardness is 6.5 - 7.0. The specific Gravity is 3.3 - 3.4 and the refractive Index is 1.64 to 1.70. Rhodolite was believed to improve eye sight and a piece of rhodolite was placed on the eye and also cleared heart diseases. Rhodolite beads where used in meditation which strengthens the chakras.