are many reasons Rhodolite made such a big splash -- the most
obvious, of course , being the uncanny resemblance of it's color
of grape juice. "We're not talking the usual pinkish or
brownish-red garnet color , but pure purple". This
is the color that command full attention the moment you notice
To those lucky enough to see some of the world's first Rhodolite
garnets , discovered in Macon County, North Carolina, at the
tail end of the 19th century , this maverick mixture of almandine
and pyrope earned immediate raves as much for it's failings
as it's strengths. " The color is pale rose-red inclining
to purple like that of certain roses and rhododendrons, hence
the name Rhodolite," it lacks the depth and intensity of
color which makes garnets, as a rule , such dark looking
stones. The peculiarly beautiful rose tint as Rhodolite combined
with it's transparency and brilliance renders it an even more
striking object by candlelight than by daylight ."
century since this momentous but long played-out-garnet find, the gem world
has pined for a subsequent source of Rhodolite with color as unforgettable
. Ceylon , India , and several African countries have obliged from time to
time , but the glories of these deposits were invariably small in size
.Larger stones lacked the memorably
light and and lively pinkish-red and purple hues of America's Rhodolites ".
Once over 5 carats Rhodolites tend to be over lack and unattractive.