Formula : Mg3Al2(SiO4)3
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Particular hardness: 7,25 / 7,5
A rhodolite, simply a garnet by another name, can only be scratched by materials that are of equal or higher hardness. Sapphire might scratch a rhodolite for example. Generally rhodolite is very tough, preventing it from breaking easily. However, if the stone contains many impurities or flaws there is relatively higher chance the stone might break.
Rhodolites are found in shades ranging from rose-pink to red with purple glow, shades that are very popular with people who prefer red gems. The stones usually are not treated, it is naturally very clean and possesses a beautiful colour.
Origin & History
Rhodolite is most commonly found in: Brazil, India, Madagascar, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, the USA, Zambia.
In the ancient world rhodolite was well known. It has been said Noah carried a lantern made of rhodolite as a source of light while steering the ark. Often times the stones were used as talismans and said to light up in darkness and protect the wearer against evil spirits.
Rhodolite, like amethyst, has been used in jewellery since times immemorial because it will not break easily and has a beautiful colour. Rhodolite is sensitive to rapid great changes in temperature. We do not recommend dipping the stone into ice water on a hot summer day, there is a real chance the rapid change in temperature may cause the stone to crack or even shatter.
Your usual imitation rhodolites are made from: ruby, red spinel, tourmaline.
Nowadays these imitations are rarely used. Instead, these imitations will be found more frequently in older jewellery.
Rhodolite may appear in any number of cuts. Usually the facetted cut is preferred for garnets, as it creates the most spectacular effect. Rhodolite is often cut in a heart shape because of its warm red colour. The appropriate cut depends on both quality and colour of the stone.
Jewellery with rhodolite can be found here: