3.01ct Rhodolite Garnet
This stone is a 3.01ct rhodolite garnet. This is a very clean stone with amazing rich purple-red color for which rhodolites are known. Great color, great sparkle, and a great size for a nice ring or small pendant.
Rhodolite garnet is named after the North Carolina mountain Rhododendron flower. Most of the world's current production comes from Tanzania. Rhodolite is readily available in smaller sizes, but finding clean pieces over 5ct without extinction of color is increasingly difficult. Rhodolite's full color range includes light to dark purplish red through reddish purple, although, it is generally classified as a red garnet. Rhodolite is a US birthstone for January.
Most Rhodolite will be sourced from Tanzania, Sri Lanka, or Zimbabwe.
Most Rhodolite will measure 7 - 7.5 on the Mohs hardness scale.
Rhodolite garnets have a refractive index of pyrope: 1.720 - 1.756 ; almandite:1.770 - 1.820.
Care and Cleaning:
It is recommended to clean your rhodolite with warm, soapy water. Ultrasonic cleaning is usually safe, however, you should never steam clean a rhodolite as all garnet is susceptible to thermal shock (a rapid change of temperature).