Have the look of a ruby for less. Oh yes, she’s all that.
Rhodolite is a member of the garnet family of gemstones. Its name means rose-like in Greek and its color is reminiscent of a dark raspberry-red rose – the most sought-after shade of this semi-precious stone. Rhodolite garnets are unique and attractive as center stones in engagement rings or as part of a trendy multi-colored gemstone design.
Durable enough for daily wear, Rhodolite is becoming one of the go-to gems of the jewelry industry. Its brilliance makes for a show-stopping statement piece. With the right faceted cut, this gem vividly sparkles, even in unfavorable lighting conditions. Inclusion-free stones are readily available, and the natural color saturation does not require additional treatments. Rhodolite is definitely giving one precious gemstone a run for her money … many are requesting the semi-precious Rhodolite as an alternative to the ruby.
Rhodolite Tops the Colored Gem Trend
Rhodolite is ideal for all types of jewelry. Rhodolite lovers prefer oval-, emerald- and cushion-shaped stones, it is suited to other shapes as well. Pairing them with colorless gems like white sapphires or complementary stones such as green Tsavorite brings out the luscious color. With the increase in the cost of rubies and the popularity of colored stones, Rhodolite is fast becoming a favorite among jewelry designers everywhere.
Most Rhodolite Comes from Africa
Like other varieties in the garnet group, Rhodolite’s color is affected by the mineral deposits within, such as Iron, Manganese, Chromium and Vanadium. Since its discovery in 1890’s North Carolina, these gemstones are mined primarily in the Mozambique Belt, where large deposits are located – Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique and Tanzania. Tanzania is currently unearthing what is considered the best Rhodolite.
Rose Colored Cred
Early travelers carry garnets like Rhodolite as protective talismans. They are believed to protect from evil and natural disasters during long journeys. They say Rhodolite is a healing stone curing depression and warding off bad dreams. So, when wearing one of these raspberry-colored stones, it is doubtful you will suffer from nightmares.
Consult a GIA-Certified Jeweler
Work with a GIA-certified jeweler/designer to select the Rhodolite garnet you desire. Because the size-to-weight ratio of garnets varies, choose your gemstone based on size, not weight. Top quality Rhodolite, with little or no inclusions, is affordable. When working with us, we will likely point out that white gold or platinum brings out the purple tones of Rhodolite while yellow gold plays up its rosiness – something to consider when choosing the color you desire.
Indy Facets – Everyone’s Private Jeweler
Indy Facets seamlessly blends the expertise and full service of a traditional jewelry store with the value and convenience of a personal jeweler experience. We give you the face-to-face interaction with an expert that you deserve, in a private setting where you can relax and feel comfortable. Owner/Designer Shaun Goodyear and his team have earned an excellent reputation as everyone’s private jeweler for engagement rings, custom design, investment grade diamonds, luxury Swiss timepieces, estate jewelry, jewelry repair and the highest level of customer service, available to you from an onsite, state-of-the-art Custom Design Studio and Gemological Laboratory by private appointment only. You are guaranteed a unique, fun and exciting experience without the hype, pressure, judgment or uncertainty associated with other jewelry shopping options. We schedule appointments at your convenience and are usually available evenings and weekends, too. Call 317-810-1665 for your private appointment or schedule online, IndyFacets.com/schedule/.