Be in alignment with what is real and good.
Love generously and create space for growth.
Accept the past and work for a better future.
Feel serene and allow the truth to set you free.
Let Rhodolite Garnet teach you true wisdom.
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Healing Properties of Rhodolite Garnet
Spiritual: Rhodolite Garnet connects our root and crown chakras so that we come into an easy alignment between what is most real and what is most inspired. It keeps our consciousness and subconscious deeply rooted in reality. This isn’t so we dream smaller dreams, but rather so that we can accurately assess what we’re working with and what needs to be done in order to make our loftiest dreams come true. Rhodolite Garnet revels our life’s purpose. It might be a single, lifelong purpose. It might be an ever-changing purpose that fits each moment perfectly. In either case, Rhodolite Garnet helps us to make steady progress, enjoy the journey and to celebrate each success as it comes. Rhodolite Garnet strengthens the voices of our spirit guides and our own heart’s yearning, so that we can hear and understand them very clearly. Its energy is serene, but not solemn. There is a lightness and a sparkle to Rhodolite Garnet that reminds us to smile often and to not take ourselves so seriously. It encourages us to walk our path with a light heart and an easy mind, trusting that we are in tune and in balance, and that all will be well. Rhodolite Garnet is attuned to the Root, Heart and Crown Chakras and is linked to the astrological signs of Cancer and Leo. It is connected to the element of Earth and vibrates to the number 5.
Emotional: Rhodolite Garnet offers us great gifts of emotional wisdom. It is a love stone for abundance and magnifies the love between people without creating codependency or losing ourselves. Rhodolite Garnet shows us how to have beautiful boundaries that bless our lives and those of our loved ones. It is a particularly good for parents with older children or adult children, because it encourages parents to love generously without needing to exert their own will over others. As a result, children are allowed to be their true selves and can cultivate a steady sense of confidence. Rhodolite Garnet has a warm, gentle, and quiet energy that is very soothing during times of distress or when we need to heal. It is an excellent crystal ally when healing from sexual or emotional abuse. Rhodolite Garnet dissolves feelings of shame, guilt and inadequacy. It lessens painful memories, so that we don’t feel past trauma as a present reality. When we need emotional support, Rhodolite Garnet helps us to get what we need, whether that means supporting ourselves or asking others to assist. Rhodolite Garnet speaks truth to us, so that we can make good choices that support happiness and peace.
Mental: Rhodolite Garnet gives us keen discernment so we can judge what is real and what is good. It calms our heart so that hopes and fears don’t cloud our judgement. Rhodolite Garnet invites us to explore a deeper level of self-knowledge. It asks us to love and respect ourselves for all our good qualities. It also asks us to honestly acknowledge any areas where we need further polishing before we can truly shine. Rhodolite Garnet teaches us that self-improvement is not a doomed desire for perfection, but rather a noble quest for excellence. Rhodolite Garnet is a wonderful talisman for philosophers, particularly stoics, who seek to understand the true nature of reality and what it means to live a good life. It encourages us to live in balance and wisdom. It helps us to accept the past and present fully so that we can be at peace in our minds. Rhodolite Garnet reminds us that while we can’t change the past or present and refusing to accept that only brings us misery. But the future, both near and far, are yet to be written. Rhodolite Garnet emboldens us to take appropriate action to create the future life and future self that will most deeply satisfy us.
Physical: Rhodolite Garnet is recommended for anyone concerned about sexuality or reproductive issues. It is particularly good for pregnant women who want to nurture a loving connection with the new life inside them and the new life they themselves will be stepping into as a mother. It can also help fathers and other members of the family to be excited to take on new roles and responsibilities. Rhodolite Garnet reminds other family members that the mother faces very real physical challenges and deserves extra support from her family. In particular, women may need to be reminded by their partner that they are still sexually desirable and will continue to be desirable regardless of any physical changes that occur due to the pregnancy. Rhodonite Garnet is also recommended for anyone who has suffered from sexual abuse. It helps us to feel more safe and secure within our physical body. Rhodolite Garnet helps us to work through our fears and other negative emotions, so we can reduce our stress levels. This in turn allows our body to naturally rebalance and heal stress-related problems in our digestive, elimination, reproductive and circulatory systems.
Always use wisdom when considering crystal therapies for healing.
Mineralogy of Rhodolite Garnet
Mineral Family: Pyrope, Garnet Group
Chemical Composition: Mg3Al2 [SiO4 ]
Crystal System: Cubic
Form/Habit: Dodecahedral, trapezohedral
Fracture: Conchoidal, brittle
Transparency: Transparent to opaque
Location: Rhodolite is a variety of Pyrope Garnet. Pyrope is relatively common, while Rhodolite is in only a few scattered deposits in Brazil, India, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Norway, Sri Lanka, Tanzania and the United States (North Carolina).
Mineral Family: Rhodolite Garnet belongs to the Garnet Family, which is in turn a member of the Silicate Mineral Family. Silicate minerals are the largest family of minerals, including more than 25% of all known minerals and 40% of all common minerals. In addition to being a major part of the Earth’s crust, Silicate minerals have also been found on the moon and in meteorites. Silicates are minerals which contain the elements Silicon (a light gray shiny metal) and Oxygen (a colorless gas). Together, these two elements form a tetrahedron – a shape similar to a pyramid – with a Silicon atom in the center and Oxygen atoms at each of the four corners. These tetrahedra connect with other chemical structures, in six different ways, to form various minerals and rocks. There are six main groups of Silicate minerals, and these main groups are further subdivided into secondary subdivisions, such as Quartz and Garnet. There are 15 varieties of Garnet, of which the most common is Almandine. Another type of Garnet is Pyrope, which always displays a reddish color. When Pyrope is reddish-purple it is called Rhodolite.
Formation: Rhodolite Garnet is a high-pressure mineral which can be found in both metamorphic and igneous rocks. It is commonly found with Kimberlite, some of which is diamond bearing.
Mining: Garnets may be mined in open pits or in secondary alluvial deposits. Rhodolite Garnets specifically are also found in Diamond mines Garnets are mined for use as abrasives as well as for fine gemstones.
Enhancements: Lab created Garnets exist and are occasionally used in fine jewelry. Virtually all tumbled Garnets are natural, enhanced only by tumbling, cutting, and polishing.
Synonyms: Pyrope, Red Garnet, Purple Garnet, Bohemian Garnet, Cape Ruby, Rose Garnet
History of Rhodolite Garnet
Garnet has one of the oldest and most detailed historical traditions of any healing stone. It is included in virtually every known lapidary, texts which describe gemstones and their powers. Originally, the term “Garnet” was only used for the reddish varieties, Almandine and Pyrope, and did not include orange Spessartine, green Uvarovite, the various shades of Andradite or Grossular. For most of history, Red Garnets, Rubies, and other glowing red stones such as Spinal and Tourmaline were thought to belong to the same mineral family, called “Carbuncle” – a name which means “little spark.” It wasn’t until the 19th century that these stones were correctly divided into separate mineral families.
The name Garnet comes from the Latin words granum or granitus, meaning grain or seeds. These words in turn have an even older origin, coming from the Phonecian punica granatum, meaning “pomegranate seeds.” The reference refers to more than just the glowing red color and common shape of Almandine and Pyrope Garnets. Interestingly, when found in matrix, Garnets often cluster much like pomegranate seeds do.
Rhodolite Garnet is a variety of Pyrope Garnet. Pyrope was scientifically identified in 1803. Its name comes from the Greek Pir, meaning “fire” as well as “to appear”. Rhodolite was identified almost a century later, from a specimen found in Cowee Valley, North Carolina. It was described by the American Gemologist William Hidden (1853-1918), who identified several other minerals in North Carolina, including Hiddenite. At the time, Hidden was traveling through the Appalachian mountains on the behest of the inventor, Thomas Edison. Hidden was searching for plutonium to be used in making early electrical light bulbs. He didn’t find the plutonium, but he did find a gorgeous purple-red garnet. He named it Rhodolite, after the pink flower Rhododendron which grows prolifically in that region. Both gem and flower take their name from the Greek rhodon, meaning rose.
Ancient Vedic texts record the origin story of many gemstones including Garnet. According to legend, long ago the demon, Vala, took the form of a stone cave where stolen cows were hidden. Indra, the leader of the demigods, split Vala apart, killing him and freeing the cows. Vala’s body was scattered across the earth and his various body parts were transformed into gems. His toenails became Red Garnets!
Garnet’s energy has always been considered particularly powerful. In Roman times, it was thought to bring out passion, even anger. Red Garnet’s blood-like color made it the obvious choice to represent Mars, the god of war. Centuries later, warriors from India would use Garnets as a projectile in guns, believing that a wound inflicted by the red stone would cause a more grievous injury than a mere bullet. By contrast, Christians saw Garnet as a symbol of Christ’s suffering on the cross and the Holy Qur’an describes the light of fourth level of Heaven as glowing like a Garnet. In Hindu and Buddhist traditions, red Garnets were associated with red lotus flowers and believed to increase wealth and fertility.
According to the medieval European lapidary, The Book of Seals, “…a Garnet with the image of a lion engraved thereon (is used) to protect and preserve the honors and health of the wearer.” As early as 1391, Garnet was listed as a cure for inflammatory diseases and in a departure from ancient thought, Garnet was said to cool anger. Garnet was also a popular antidote for poisons, either worn as jewelry or powdered and taken internally. It was thought to prevent over-indulgence and to encourage humility and bring peace. Chavealier Jean de Mandeville’s 14th century Lapidaire stated “They give courage to the heart, they chase away sadness and bring joy.” While the Book of Dreams states, “[Garnet] brings sleep to the sleepless, drives away the plague and evil spirits and attracts to its possessor riches, glory, honor and great wisdom, and to crown all, constancy with fidelity to all obligations.”
In medieval Indonesia, the ruler of the island of Albon was supposedly given a magical Garnet. According to legend, when the ruler was just a child his mother left him in a hammock stretched between two trees. A serpent slithered near the child and dropped a stone onto the prince’s body. When the parents realized what had happened, they correctly realized the serpent had given their child a wonderful gift, and in gratitude fed and cared for the serpent. The stone glowed golden-red and could light a room at night.
Ethically Sourced Rhodolite Garnet
The Miners sell to directly to the Lapidary.
The Lapidary sells directly to Moonrise Crystals.
Moonrise Crystals sells directly to you.
The Supply Chain
The Supply Chain is short and clean.
The Mine and Lapidary are located in the same country.
This Rhodolite Garnet was artisanally-mined in Orrissa, India.
The exact deposit is unknown, but most likely caused only minor environmental damage,
and would have been relatively low risk for miners.
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This Rhodolite Garnet was polished in Mumbai, India.
The Lapidary is a family business, owned by two business partners.
Factory workers have safe conditions and are paid fairly.
The Lapidary is also the direct-importer & sells exclusively at large gem shows.
Learn More: Ethical Lapidary
I first met one of the owners of the lapidary at the Denver Gem Show in 2017. Our first encounter was short since it was my last day of shopping and I had already spent most of my budget. But their tumbled stock was the highest quality I had ever seen. A few months later we met again in Tucson and this time I made sure to see them at the beginning of the show!
In 2019, at the Tucson Gem Show, I was able to sit down with both owners and have a lengthy conversation about sourcing. Unlike most vendors, they were willing to speak with me in-depth about how they make sure their business is ethical. We talked about individual mines they source from both in India as well as how they source from other countries. We also talked about how they treat their own workers and about the links between business, karma and God. Their willingness to talk and their pleasure at the conversation makes me eager to continue to develop and deepen this relationship.
Safe Handling of Rhodolite Garnet
What You’ll Receive: A 100% natural Rhodolite Garnet
Selection Process: The stone I select for you will be carefully chosen for its beauty and appeal. If combined with other stones, I always take time to choose stones that look and feel good together.
Polishing Method: Polished by hand, one stone at a time. Each stone is unique and minor variations are what makes them beautiful.
- Color: Reddish-purple
- Polish: Shiny and completely smooth
- Quality: AAA
- Shape: Disc
- Size: Average size is .75 in / 19 mm
- Transparency: Translucent
- Weight: Average weight is .3 oz / 8.5 g / 42 carats
Shipping: Next business day – Domestic First Class averages 3-7 days. International First Class averages 2-3 weeks.