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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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unheated round pink-red purple rhodolite from tanzania
Price:
$3,500.00
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1.98 Carat
Extra-Rich Pink-Red-Purple
Medium Dark 75
Free of Inclusions

unheated neon magenta square 3d rhodolite from tanzania
Price:
$3,800.00
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3.06 Carat
Neon Magenta
Medium Dark 70
Lightly Included

unheated deep red emerald-cut rhodolite from sri lanka
Price:
$4,000.00
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5.41 Carat
Cherry Red
Medium Dark 75
Lightly Included

unheated deep orange pink-red pear rhodolite from africa over 5 carats
Price:
$1,500.00
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5.50 Carat
Dark Purplish Red
Medium Dark 85
Free of Inclusions

color change garnet purple to pink in full size and clarity
Price:
$3,000.00
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1.43 Carat
Color Changer
Medium Dark 70
Very Lightly Included

color-change garnet purple to pink in full size and extra clarity
Price:
$3,000.00
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1.37 Carat
Color Changer
Medium Dark 70
Free of Inclusions

Orange Rhodolite Garnet
Reg. Price:
$1,450.00
Sale Price:
$999.00
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$451.00
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1.71 Carat
Maroon Orange
Medium Dark 75
Free of Inclusions

unheated deep red purple pear rhodolite from africa in precision cut
Price:
$2,200.00
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2.53 Carat
Deep Pink/Red-Purple
Medium Dark 80
Lightly Included

unheated dark red purple pear rhodolite from africa in XXL size
Price:
$2,900.00
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10.14 Carat
Deepest Red-Purple
Medium Dark 85
Lightly Included

matching pear 3D checkerboard pair kernel shaped in orange red no-heat garnets for a pair of earring

3.83 Carat (sold)
Deep Orange Red
Medium Dark 75
Free of Inclusions

unheated deep pink-red purple pear rhodolite from africa
Price:
$3,900.00
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3.07 Carat
Deep Red-Pink-Purple
Medium Dark 75
Lightly Included (silk)

unheated deep pink-red purple pear rhodolite from africa
Price:
$4,100.00
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3.02 Carat
Extra-Rich Red-Purple
Medium Dark 70
Lightly Included

Rhodolite Garnet pear pair untreated
Price:
$999.00
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1.10 Carat (pair)
Intense Red Purple
Medium Dark 75
Free of Inclusions

unheated deep red purple rhodolite from africa in precision cut
Price:
$2,900.00
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2.65 Carat
Deep Intense Purple-Red
Medium Dark 75
Lightly Included

Rhodolite Garnet round untreated
Price:
$990.00
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1.81 Carat
Intense Purple
Medium Dark 75
Lightly Included

pear rhodolite garnet from sri lanka free of treatments, pear cut, neon red-purple
Price:
$950.00
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1.48 Carat
Deep Neon Red-Purple
Medium Dark 75
Lightly Included

oval rhodolite with certificate and finest berry color
Price:
$3,700.00
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4.19 Carat
Finest Rose Red 
Medium Dark 70
Free of Inclusions

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

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

South African Rhodolite Garnet
Reg. Price:
$1,750.00
Sale Price:
$999.00
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$751.00
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2.19 Carat
Dark Rose Red
Medium Dark 80
Lightly Included

small but shiny unheated red purple rhodolite from Tanzania
Price:
$2,250.00
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2.47 Carat
Deep Intense Purple-Pink
Medium Dark 70
Lightly Included

emerald cut red garnet unheated rhodolite
Reg. Price:
$1,980.00
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$1,400.00
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$580.00
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4.77 Carat 
Earthy Purple Pink
Medium Dark 75
Lightly Included

red garnet from sri lanka free of treatments, round cut, crimson red
Price:
$2,100.00
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3.67 Carat
Crimson Red 
Medium Dark 75
Free of Inclusions

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

matching pair of certified unheated trillion beryls in canary yelloe
Price:
$1,290.00
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0.93 Carat (total)
Intense Purple-Pink
Medium 50
Free of / Lightly Included

mix garnet from sri lanka free of treatments, 7mm round, clean and pure red
Price:
$950.00
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1.48 Carat
Crimson Red 
Medium Dark 80
Free of Inclusions

Price:
$950.00
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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

South African Rhodolite Garnet precision cut in dark red
Price:
$6,840.00
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19.94 Carat (hold*)
Deep Red-Red
Medium Dark 80
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

1.54 Carat (sold)
Deep Orange Red 
Medium Dark 80
Free of Inclusions

german cut rhodolite without treatments
Reg. Price:
$520.00
Sale Price:
$390.00
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$130.00
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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

1.73 Carat (sold)
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 (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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