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Rhodolite (not to be confused with Rhodonite, an also red-pink but always opaque gem) is one of the, potentially infinite, pyrope-almandine combinations that was honored with its own name, a linguistic combination of old Greek for ‘roses and stones’.

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2.78 Carat
Rich Rose Red
Medium Dark 75
Free of Inclusions

 

checkerboard cut fine red garnet berry colored
Price:
$2,420.00
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6.06 Carat
Rich Berry Red
Medium Dark 75
Very Lightly Included

blood red untreated garnet
Price:
$2,790.00
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6.51 Carat
Deep Blood Red
Medium Dark 75
Free of Inclusions

Ceylon Rhodolite in deep red
Price:
$2,200.00
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6.84 Carat
Rich Rose Red 
Medium Dark 70
Lightly Included

Rose purple pink Ceylon rhodolite
Price:
$1,880.00
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2.43 Carat
Rose Purple Pink 
Medium Dark 70
Lightly Included

 

red garnet from kashmir free of treatments, oval
Price:
$780.00
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1.54 Carat
Deep Orange Red 
Medium Dark 80
Free of Inclusions

german cut rhodolite without treatments
Reg. Price:
$450.00
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$300.00
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$150.00
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1.80 Carat
Deep Reddish Purple
Medium Dark 75
Lightly Included
red garnet from kashmir free of treatments, oval orange red
Price:
$840.00
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1.73 Carat
Orange Red 
Medium Dark 75
Free of Inclusions

Ceylon garnet 1.66 carat, free of treatments, oval deep red with fiery glowing brilliancy
Price:
$850.00
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1.66 Carat
Deep Purple-Red-Pink
Medium Dark 75
Lightly Included

small but shiny unheated red purple rhodolite from Tanzania
Price:
$725.00
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0.44 Carat
Intense Purple-Pink
Medium 50
Very Lightly Included

red garnet from kashmir free of treatments, oval
Price:
$1,200.00
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2.65 Carat
Rich Rose Red 
Medium Dark 75
Lightly Included

rhodolite garnet from Africa, free of treatments, oval pure purple in vivid hue
Price:
$2,500.00
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2.90 Carat
Intense Pure Purple 
Medium Dark 75
Very Lightly Included

Ceylon rhodolite garnet 1.61 carat, free of treatments, oval dark red purple in deepest tone
Price:
$850.00
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1.61 Carat
Deep Purplish Red
Medium Dark 80
Free of Inclusions

pear rhodolite with certificate
Price:
$999.00
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3.33 Carat
Deep Red-Purple
Medium Dark 80
Lightly Included

round rhodolite with IGI certificate deep red purple
Price:
$550.00
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0.96 Carat
Deepest Reddish Purple
Medium Dark 80
Lightly Included

Untreated Bordeaux red garnet
Price:
$660.00
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1.59 Carat
Bordeaux Red
Medium Dark 75
Free of Inclusions

pear rhodolite with certificate and untreated color
Price:
$550.00
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0.71 Carat
Rose Purple 
Medium Dark 70
Free of Inclusions

untreated rhodolite earrings
Price:
$925.00
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1.28 Carat
14k Yellow Gold

Rose Pinkish-Red

round rhodolite with orange hue and dark undertone
Price:
$820.00
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1.92 Carat
Purple Orange-Red
Medium Dark 80
Lightly Included

bordeaux red garnet in jumbo size
Price:
$3,200.00
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12.88 Carat
Bordeaux Red
Medium Dark 80
Very Lightly Included

 

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$950.00
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3.36 Carat (hold)
Rich Berry Red
Medium Dark 70
Lightly Included

round rhodolite with color change certificate
Reg. Price:
$1,950.00
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$999.00
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3.87 Carat (hold)
Color-Shifting Red-Pink-Purple
Medium Dark 75
Lightly Included

Price:
$1,220.00
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4.11 Carat
Deep Purplish Red
Medium Dark 80
Free of Inclusions

deer red bargain rhodolite at 150 per carat
Reg. Price:
$980.00
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$300.00
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$680.00
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2.17 Carat
Red-Purple-Red
Medium Dark 85
Lightly Included

round rhodolite with color change certificate from DSEF
Price:
$2,200.00
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2.10 Carat
Color-Shifting Red-Pink-Purple
Medium Dark 75
Lightly Included

oval rhodolite with color change certificate
Price:
$2,450.00
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3.94 Carat
Color-Shifting Red-Pink-Purple
Medium Dark 75
Very Lightly Included

untreated rubellite earrings

1.23 Carat (sold)
14k Yellow Gold

Deep Rose Red

round rhodolite with color change certificate from DSEF
Price:
$720.00
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0.71 Carat
Deep Red-Pink-Purple
Medium Dark 75
Lightly Included

round rhodolite with color change certificate from DSEF
Price:
$990.00
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1.16 Carat
Red-Pink-Purple
Medium Dark 70
Lightly Included

pear rhodolite with certificate
Reg. Price:
$1,880.00
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$1,400.00
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$480.00
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5.33 Carat
Deep Rose Red
Medium Dark 80
Lightly Included

oval red garnet with certificate and untreated color
Price:
$690.00
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1.62 Carat
Dark Rose Red 
Medium Dark 80
Very Lightly Included

Natural Rhodolite Garnet with natural color
Price:
$1,280.00
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1.76 Carat
Deep Red-Purple
Medium Dark 75
Lightly Included

oval red garnet with certificate and untreated color

1.72 Carat (sold)
Deep Orangish Red 
Medium Dark 75
Free of Inclusions

untreated rubellite earrings
Price:
$750.00
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1.25 Carat
14k White Gold

Rose Pink



Rhodolite (not to be confused with Rhodonite, an also red-pink but always opaque gem) is one of the, potentially infinite, pyrope-almandine combinations that was honored with its own name, a linguistic combination of old Greek for ‘roses and stones’. 

And true it is, a fine Rhodolite, well cut, clean and richly colored, deserves the adjective ‘precious’ before ‘gemstone’.

Excursion: In leisurely shop-talk even the most politically correct trader still uses the word ‘semi-precious’ for all non-emerald-sapphire-ruby-diamonds, though the distinction has officially been declared obsolete a long time ago. A poor quality ruby with red painted surface or re-constituted emerald powder does not deserve to be more 'precious' than a natural garnet.

In fact, the high-priest of gemstone treatment, Ted Themalis (the name is program), suggested in 2008 that we shall call only untreated natural gems 'gemstones' with no distinction in precious or semi-, and stop calling treated gems 'gemstones' because, as this old insider knows, the ‘stuff’ they produce in Chantaburi (a secretive Thai town close to the Cambodian border) should not be called ‘natural’ because they are not, nor be called ‘gemstones’ because that implies rareness. What shall we call those mutant gems? I’ll leave the naming and marketing to the people producing them.

Back to Rhodolite, a union of part almandine and part pyrope garnet, and a frequent find in our first hunting grounds of Sri Lanka’s mountainous heartland. A Rhodolite, or two, perhaps a few small sapphire crystals, lucky signs but not worth faceting, were often the only gems a long day of mining produced. Anybody dissing Rhodolite at the end of such a day would be banned from dinner.

Since Rhodolite is still a very affordable gem you can expect good cutting, preferable a precision cut, vivid colors, little or no inclusions, and full sizes. Even on a tight budget you need not to make many compromises for a pretty gem. Of course, as explained here, you will always find countless Rhodolites on offer that have nasty windows, are badly cut or terribly included. Such gems sell for ten dollars per carat wholesale (basically rough cost plus cutting wages under 3rd world conditions) and retail on ebay for way under $50 per a carat, and the seller still has a terrific margin. ‘Quantity’ is the word here.

Our Rhodolites go up to several hundred USD per carat because we pay them as much attention (a.k.a. work) as we do for any ruby or demantoid with several full quality images and grading reports, plus they come with the same extras such as our WLT program, original 3rd party reports and free shipping.

The very best and collector rarities, like this Montana garnet or this huge precision cut gem, are priced without references and with no upper limit because they are too unique. 

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