Rhodolite Garnet Ring Information
When most people think about rhodolite garnet rings, they think of raspberry red gemstones, the most desirable color for rhodolite garnet. However, rhodolite garnet can also be purplish or rose pink, a wonderful color when set into rose gold rings. The best-known red garnet is pyrope garnet, which has been worn in rings for thousands of years. While pyrope garnet has a brownish-red color and can be dark, especially in cocktail ring sized gems, the rarer rhodolite is brighter and does not have brown tones, so many jewelry buyers choose rhodolite garnet rings for this reason. Furthermore, raspberry red and purplish-pink rhodolite garnet rings can have a rare color that is similar to valuable rubellite tourmaline rings, but rhodolite rings tend to be cleaner and can be bought for a fraction of the price of rubellite. Fine rhodolite garnet rings can also look like ruby rings, but where large ruby rings can be prohibitively expensive and notoriously hard to find, rhodolite garnet rings are easier to find and more affordable.
Rhodolite garnet ring history is not as long as the history of other red garnet rings. Though it is said that rhodolite garnet was known for many years and mined in Sri Lanka, it was not well-known until it was discovered by William Earl Hidden in Macon, North Carolina, USA around the late nineteenth century. It was soon after given its name "rhodolite" after the Greek word, "rhodon", which means "rose colored". The name was assigned by American mineralogist and buyer for Tiffany & Co., George Frederick Kunz after he identified rhodolite garnet by refractive index and distinguished it from other red garnets, almandine and pyrope. Soon after, rhodolite garnet rings were introduced to the world and gained popularity for their rare purplish color.
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Those showing off rhodolite garnet rings of the rich and famous include Carla Gugino, actress of "Night at the Museum", who wore a raspberry red rhodolite ring by Le Vian on the red carpet. Celebrity rhodolite rings are few and far between. This could be because fine rhodolite rings are quite rare and lesser known than red ruby rings and rubellite tourmaline rings. Singing sensation, Taylor Swift wore floral rings that appeared to be rhodolite, by Lorraine Schwartz, for the 2014 Golden Globes, but the jewels could also have been rubellite or ruby. Taylor Swift also chose stunning red jewels, including a beautiful red gem cabochon, double halo ring, for the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party, to match her trademark red lipstick and red nails.
There are many rhodolite garnet ring designs, since rhodolite garnet can be found in large and small sizes and many different shapes. Floral rhodolite garnet rings, cluster designs and pavé rhodolite garnet rings are popular styles. Rhodolite garnet and diamond rings make stunning engagement rings. Rhodolite garnet rings can be found in silver, yellow gold, rose gold and white gold. Rose pink rhodolite garnet gems look stunning when set into rose gold and can be suitable replacements for other hard-to-find pink gemstones such as spinel, or more expensive gems like pink sapphire. Large raspberry red rhodolite garnets are a rare find that deserve to be surrounded by diamonds and set into yellow or white gold in special rhodolite engagement rings. Small rhodolite solitaire rings are ideal for stacking.
Any good rhodolite garnet ring buying guide should point out that rhodolite garnet rings may be a little hard to find in your local jewelry store, but are worth a look because rhodolite garnet gems are usually untreated and completely natural. Garnet gems are sometimes disregarded or thought of as "non-precious" or unexciting, but garnets should be appreciated for their rare and natural beauty. Rhodolite garnet rings with small gems are easier to find than rings set with large rhodolite garnet gems and the most desirable and expensive rhodolite garnet rings have a rich raspberry red color, though some people prefer the lighter rose colored rhodolite rings, which really shine in rose gold settings.
For good ideas on how to wear rhodolite garnet rings, it is worth considering how red rubellite rings, ruby rings and pink sapphire rings are worn, since rhodolite rings can appear similar to these. Rhodolite garnet rings are hard and durable enough to wear for everyday rings or engagement rings and when in a deep raspberry color, they really stand out in white precious metal or yellow gold. Pale rhodolite garnet rings are very easy to wear because of their more neutral color, and are very ladylike. Rhodolite garnet rings are not as popular for men's jewelry as for ladies' rings, due to their feminine color. Depending on the style and setting, a rhodolite garnet ring can be worn for almost any occasion, from casual to formal, and will be admired by all. Large red rhodolite garnet rings are extremely impressive, especially when surrounded by a glittering halo of white accent stones and worn to a special event.
The healing properties and rhodolite garnet ring meanings are quite similar to the other red garnet rings, since rhodolite only differs with regard to its refractive index. Therefore rhodolite rings are associated with promoting safe travel, a healthy sex life and are thought by some to heal the blood. Rhodolite garnet rings are also believed to encourage feelings of compassion, security and self-confidence. Since garnet is the official birthstone for those born in January, rhodolite garnet rings can be worn as birthstone rings and are also popular with those born under the sign of Pisces.