Garnet, Rhodolite

Rhodolite Garnet Gemstone Information
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Rhodolite Garnet. All garnets (not just red) are birthstones for the month of January. North American Indians used red garnets as bullets, believing that they would seek blood and inflict a deadlier wound. Christians believed garnet symbolized Christ's sacrifice; Islamics believed it illuminated the fourth heaven. Garnets were thought to stop bleeding, cure inflammatory diseases, and smooth discord. Rhodolite Garnet comes from the Greek words rhodon, meaning "rose," and lithos, meaning "stone."
 

ENHANCEMENT CODE N
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PROPERTIES
Refractive Index 1.76
Hardness = 7-7.5 (Moh's Scale)
Specific Gravity =3.84
Species - Rhodolite
Optic Character - Single Refraction.
Phenomena - None.


WARNINGS FOR CARE
Ultrasonic: Usually safe
Steamer: Risky
Heat: Fair-poor; temperature changes may
cause fracturing
Chemicals that harm: Hydrofluoric acid
 

Crystal Structure
Rhodolite Garnet crystal image.
Crystal system: Isometric, rhombic, dodecahedrons, icositetrahedron.


MAJOR SOURCES
Sri Lanka, India, East Africa
Birthstones
 January  Garnet
February Amethyst
March Aquamarine
April Diamond
May Emerald
June Pearl/Alexandrite
July Ruby
August Peridot
September Sapphire
October Opal/Tourmaline
November Topaz or Citrine
December Blue Topaz or Zircon
Common Cut Examples.
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