Rhodolite Garnet

There are five basic gem garnet species: grossularite, pyrope, almandite, spessartite, and andradite. It would certainly make life easy for jewelers and gemologists if each garnet grew solely within its own mineralogical boundaries. But they don't. Pyrope, for example, can intermix with spessartite, which can blend in with grossularite. Such changes in chemistry can make identifying—and then naming—the garnet variety a real annoyance. Case in point: rhodolite garnet. The name rhodolite has long been thought to originate from the rhododendron flower, which is abundant in North Carolina where rhodolites were discovered. The color of rhododendrons has been variously described as pale lilac, pink lilac purple, pastel pink, pale lavender-red, lavender pink, raspberry pink, plum, pink-violet, purplish-pink, violet-red, purple-red, and rose-colored, any of which could be used for the colo

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