4.98ct Oval Red Rhodolite Garnet
This stone is a lovely 4.98ct deep pink rhodolite garnet. It would make an outstanding ring or center stone. It was mined near the Umba River in Northeast Tanzania. A beautiful stone and a great deal!
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. Rhodolites 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).