Named from the Greek words rhodos and lithos, which literally translate to “rose stone,” rhodolite garnets possess a color reminiscent of the rhododendron flower. The name was first used in 1898 by J.H. Pratt and W.E. Hidden to describe garnets discovered in North Carolina (USA).
Rhodolite is a naturally occurring blend of almandine and pyrope garnet. While raspberry is the most prized color, rhodolite is also found in shades of pink through lavender.
Fine rhodolite is mined today in Sri Lanka and Tanzania. Tough, never enhanced and easily cleaned, rhodolite is ideal for jewelry.