This Garnet belongs to the Rhodolite family, known for its beautiful shades of raspberry-red and purplish-red colors. This particular Garnet has a very nice pink touch to its otherwise raspberry color. The rough was mined in the Umba Valley of Tanzania.
Melanie cut this Garnet in a neat hexagonal design called "Dryad's Verdure," written by Arya Akhavan.
This stone is untreated and eye-clean.
Garnet is the name given to a group of mineral that can come in a wide variety of colors including yellow, green, white and shades of orange to red. Popular varieties are Rhodolite, Grossular, Imperial, and Spessartine. The Garnet has a high refractive index, the same, or higher, than Sapphire, which means greater brilliance. They are quite durable stones ranging on the Mohs Hardness Scale from 6.5 to 7.5, depending on the type of Garnet. They have also been given the privilege of being January's birthstone, though, these are more often portrayed as the blood red Pyrope.
1.2 carat Rhodolite Garnet
Design: Dryad's Verdure
Cut By: Melanie Wiebe