Rhodolite garnet is an aluminum garnet. Rhodolite garnet is a combination of both pyrope garnet and almandite garnet (technically known as rhodolite pyrope almandite garnet). The color range of rhodolite garnet is purplish red to reddish purple and from light to dark. The color of rhodolite garnet is often compared to raspberry or red wine. Rhodolite garnet was originally discovered in North Carolina and was mined there from the 1880s to the early 1900s. Today one of the most important sources of rhodolite is the Umba River in Tanzania where the river has eroded the host rock and washed the rhodolite down river depositing it in gravel along the river bed. Other sources of Rhodolite garnet include Sri Lanka, India, and Madagascar. Rhodolite garnet is a 7-7.5 on the moh’s hardens scale Rhodolite garnet is the most valuable of the red garnets yet do to its availability it is still much more affordable than other stones that can occur in comparable colors like ruby or tourmaline. Garnets in general are seldom treated so they are an excellent choice for someone wanting a natural beautifully colored gemstone. Rhodolite garnet is an excellent choice for unique jewelry like rhodolite garnet rings, rhodolite garnet earrings and rhodolite garnet necklace.