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Rhodolite Garnet

Birthstone: January

Anniversary stone: 2nd & 6th year of marriage

Rhodolite Garnet

History

Garnets are one of the largest families of gemstones and can be found in a wide variety of locations including Kenya, Brazil and Canada. This popular gemstone has been used throughout history and its name derives from the Latin word for seed "granatus" due to its colour similarities to pomegranate seeds.

There are twenty-nine different types of garnet appearing in a wide range of rainbow colours from red and orange to green, yellow and pink. Rhodolite garnet, a raspberry pink stone, is a type of garnet which has been made popular by its intense colour.

Rhodolite derives its name from the Greek word "rho'don" and "lithos" which translates to "rose stone" as its colour is reminiscent of the rhododendron flower.

Characteristics

Rhodolite garnet is created when two separate types of garnet are naturally blended together forming the stunning pink colouring that we recognise today. Although deep pink rhodolite is more desirable it is actually available in varying shades of pink and lavender. Due to its bright transparent appearance rhodolite is often cut into fancy shapes and is ideal for many types of jewellery.

The Mohs' scale measures a gems relative hardness on a scale of 1 to 10 based on the stones "scratchability". Diamond is the hardest at 10, sapphire and rubies measure 9, with pearl at around 3 ½ and amber at 2 ½ . Rhodolite garnet is relatively hard at 7 ½ on the Mohs' scale.

Care and Cleaning

Rhodolite garnet is very durable making it relatively easy to care for and requires no more care than usual by the wearer. It is, however, recommended that rhodolite jewellery be removed when doing heavy work to protect the gemstone from damage. Rhodolite garnet should be cleaned using warm soapy water and a soft toothbrush to remove any dirt and dust from behind the stone.