FACETED RHODOLITE CABOCHONS
This is the pair of oval faceted rhodolite cabochons. Dimensions: 0.4 x 0.2 x 0.2″ (0.9 x 0.6 x 0.4cm). Total weight – 18.5ct (3.7 grams). Origin: Russia, Siberia.
Some information about rhodolite:
Rhodolite is a varietal name for rose-pink to red mineral pyrope, a species in the garnet group. It was first described from Cowee Valley, Macon County, North Carolina.
The name is derived from the Greek “rhodon” for “rose-like”, in common with other pink mineral types. This coloration, and the commonly inclusion-free nature of garnet from this locality, has led to rhodolite being used as a gemstone.
Rhodolite like other varietal names is not officially recognized as a mineralogical term, but rather used as an accepted trade name.