The new book by Vladyslav Y. Yavorskyy


Beauty is truth, truth beauty – so said John Keats, the 19th century English Romantic poet, and rhodolite garnet is certainly beauty. Its strong fire shoots out flashes of many colors, some that the eye cannot even perceive. It exhibits a symphony of colors, mainly raspberry red with a rich magenta, fuchsia, peony and pomegranate. This powerful concert of colors is conducted by light, soaring and softening according to the intensity of the beams that fall upon the gem. It is also found as a color-change stone, where there is a clear color distinction between artificial and natural light, from an intense fortissimo to a more tempered and tender piano. Rhodolite is mined in Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Kenya, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Brazil, and Tanzania, where the best quality comes from a deposit found in the late 1970’s that has now become the main source. This beautiful stone is always untreated, has incredible clarity and very good durability, allowing it to be cut in a variety of sizes.
A mix of pyrope and almandine garnet, rhodolite has a lighter color than other garnets due to its mix of manganese and iron. Occasionally traces of spessartite garnet in the mixture will produce a very unusual color, a rich, velvety purple. This rare violet variety of rhodolite is called umbalite, named after the valley in Tanzania where it is found. Rhodolite has inspired many famous jewelers to create beautiful works of wearable art. Each stone is a unique symphony of colors and we, the audience, are privileged to bask in its beautiful truth. DM

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