Rhodolite belongs to the pyrope species of the Garnet group, the color of which is determined by the presence of iron and chromium. This birthstone of June takes its name from the Greek word “rhodon” meaning rose-like. Rhodolite Garnet was first discovered in 1890s in North Carolina, USA. However, Rhodolite is more of a trade name than a mineralogical term.
Nature offers rhodolite in combination of pink, red and purple which closely resembles the shades of rose, making it adorable.
The rose-pink colored species of garnet is a rare find in nature which makes it more desirable in jewelry.
Rhodolite is a symbol of inspiration and believed to be beneficial for the spiritual growth and promoting self-worth of the wearer.
The June birthstone, Rhodolite is characterized by transparent appearance with different color shades of lavender pink, raspberry red and purplish red.
Rhodolite, like other colored gemstones are graded on the basis of eye-clean inclusions. The more flawless rhodolite appears to naked eye, finer is its grade.
The cut determines the shape, dimensions, symmetry and finish of rhodolite and hence plays an important role in determining the grade of the gemstone.
Carat is the actual weight of the gemstone and not the visible size and the price of rhodolite is directly proportional to the carat weight.
Most of the rhodolites deposits are from Mozambique belt, including but not limited to Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique and Tanzania. Other notable locations include Brazil, India, Norway, US and Sri Lanka.
Rhodolite Ring is quite easy to clean due to their hardness and durability. However, a few things must be kept in mind like avoiding contact of the gemstone with make-up, harsh chemicals, abrasives.
While cleaning the ring make use of lukewarm water and mild cleaning detergent. Soft toothbrush can be used to clean the underside of the Rhodolite. Also, the ring must be individually kept to avoid contact with other jewelry to avoid unnecessary scratches.
The most common Rhodolite Certifications includes from GIA, IGL and HRD labs. It is usually a document you receive on the behalf of the aforementioned 3rd party labs which describes a Rhodolite in all of its characteristics. Each and every party’s defining grounds may defer.
The average price of rhodolite can vary from $150 to $350 per carat for a 1 Carat Rhodolite.