Color: Red with brown tint
Hardness: 7 - 7.5 Mohs
Specific Gravity: 3.65 - 3.80
Refractive Index: 1.730 - 1.760
What is Rhodolite?
In simple word, Rhodolite is rose-colored garnet. Rhodolite is a name for red with brown tint mineral pyrope, family of garnet group. They appear as transparent red-pink-purplish gemstones, including all the different color between violet and red. The color, combined with their brilliance, durability (7 to 7.5 Mohs is considered hard enough for jewelry that can be worn everyday), and availability of Rhodolites have brought some strong demand for the gem in the jewelry industry.
Where are Rhodolites coming from?
Most deposits are from Sri Lanka, Brazil, Tanzania, Madagascar, etc.
How much is a Rhodolite?
You'd probably already know that the bigger the carat, the more expensive a stone will be. Also the better the quality (ie: no inclusion, good cutting, great luster) the higher the price per carat. Luckily, Rhodolite is abundant, and the price of Rhodolite can go as low as US$26 per carat or about 800 Baht per carat. Considering the quality, experts expected the price to be appreciated much higher rapidly.
Why are Rhodolite so popular?
Simply because of the color and hardness. They allow you to have a particular look without using rubies, which are extremely much expensive. So next time you visit local jewelry store, ask for Rhodolite if you don't want to spend much. You may find interesting piece that suits your need.