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Rhodolite garnet Gemstone

A  blend of  two  parts  Pyrope  to  one  part  Almandine, this rare Garnet is found in many wonderful shades of pink, red and occasionally lavender.

Named  after  the  Greek  “rhod”  and  “lithos”, which  together  translate  as  ‘‘rose  stone’’,  this  name was first used to describe a pink coloured Garnet from North Carolina, USA.

Rhodolite Garnet tends to be lighter in colour  than most other red Garnets and has even been confused  with  Ruby  due  to  their  similarity. Rhodolite Garnet  is also  highly  refractive  which  leads to its stunning brilliance.

As the gem is a fairly new member of the Garnet  family,  it  does  not  have  a  lot  of  legends  and  folklore attached to it in its own right. That said,  due to its similarity in colour to several other  members of its family, it is believed that Indian  tribes used the gem to enhance the potency of  fire and placed it next to those who were sick in  order to aid recovery.

 

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