Rhodolite garnet

Posted on March 12, 2012 by Brad Bilsten | 1 Comment

  

Here we have a 14K rose gold ring features a rhodolite garnet in a semi bezel setting with encrusted diamonds.  Rhodolite is a varietal name for rose pink to red mineral pyrope, a species in the garnet group.  It is found in Brazil, some Far Eastern countries, and in Cowee Valley in Macon County in North Carolina.  This purplish-red gemstone derives its name from the Greek for “rose-like”.

Myths and legends about rhodolite garnet have been known for thousands of years. It is reported that even Noah used a lantern from a garnet in order to safely steer his Ark through the darkness of the night and garnets are found in jewelry from ancient Egyptian, Greek and Roman eras. Many courageous discoverers and travelers wore garnets for protection, as they were considered popular talismans and protective stones as in those days it was believed that garnets illuminate the night and prevent their wearer from any sort of evil. Garnet is also said to be of help for arthritis, pancreas and varicose veins.

Garnet has a high refractive index and a good hardness of 7-7.5 on the Mohs scale makes it suitable for all kinds of jewelry.

Posted in 14K, diamonds, garnet, gold, Mohs scale, pyrope, rhodolite, ring


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Dicky
Dicky

October 14, 2015

It is gorgeous! Red and Oranges are my froavite color combinations. I like the small punches of green. Really gives a place for your eye to settle for a moment. Beautiful design!

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