Rhodolite, a form of garnet that ranges in color from pink to purple red, got its name from the Greek word "rhodon", meaning rose. Rhodolite is usually lighter in color than other types of red garnet and is sometimes mistaken for a ruby. Travelers in ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome wore rhodolites to protect themselves from evil. They also believed it would light their way in the darkness.
Rhodolites are ideal gemstones for necklaces, rings, earrings and more. They can be easily cut into many shapes and provide an impressive brilliance. Rhodolites are most often found in waterworn pebbles and volcanic rock.
RHODOLITE: Rhodolite charms in a range of feminine shades from rose to raspberry to purplish-red. Lighter than a ruby, rhodolite garnets offer a lovely luster. Rhodolite can be a delightful twist on the traditional January birthstone. More about colored gemstones.
Rhodolite has a high hardness rating (7.5 to 8 on the Mohs scale), making it a durable choice for jewelry. Clean with warm water and a soft cloth when necessary and avoid contact with intense heat, as this may affect the stone's color. Store your rhodolite jewelry in your presentation box.