VINTAGE RHODOLITE Faceted Garnet Gemstone Antique Cut 8.21cts fgs66
This is a rhodolite garnet faceted gemstone, vintage antique cushion cut, weighing 8.21 carats and with dimensions 13.7 mm x 11.0 x 6.7 mm.
Garnet is a family name for a group of minerals with related crystal structures. The family consists of more than half a dozen species and boasts gemstones in every color except blue. Most commercially available gem garnets are some shade of red, but dark emerald green garnets have become popular as well. Lesser known colors include shades of pink (malaya), orange (spessartine, grossular) and mint green (grossular, andradite).
Garnet is the birthstone for January. Pure red garnets (the species called pyrope) were the rage in Victorian times, and are usually very small. Brownish-red garnets (almandine) are the ones most commonly seen in modern jewelry. There is a unique garnet color variety with a chemical composition between pyrope and almandine. This variety, called rhodolite (in allusion to the rose-red color), can be purplish-red or dark red at one extreme, and pure violet (like amethyst) at the other. Purplish-red garnets almost always turn out to be rhodolites.
Small rhodolites with an amethystine color are found in North Carolina, but most gem rhodolites come from Tanzania and are red or purplish-red. The one pictured is a lovely purplish color, eye-clean, and extremely brilliant because it was custom-cut in Bangkok from rough acquired by Joel in Africa in the late 1970s. This quality of cutting is not usually found in jewlery store merchandise today.
We guarantee that this stone is untreated natural rhodolite garnet and dates from the 1970s. The price is for the one faceted gemstone and the shipping cost includes insurance.
**Please note: One of the photos shows a few of the 7 books that Joel has written on the subject of gems and minerals. We want you to be assured that you are buying from one of the world's leading experts in the field. Books not included in purchase.***
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IMPORTANT NOTICE: POSTAGE RATES HAVE RISEN DRAMATICALLY IN 2020
ORDERS INSIDE USA: A charge of $4.00 covers any first class shipment up to 15 ounces. Our beads vary so much in weight that it is impossible for us to apply a single add-on charge for multiple product orders. We will continue to refund to customers any amount that greatly exceeds our actual cost of shipping and handling.
ORDERS OUTSIDE USA: International First Class rates are now crazy: $16.50 for any package weighing from 1-5 ounces. Even an order for 2-3 small bead items may cost $16.50 or more, depending on the type of material (stone versus resin, for example). We apologize in advance if we have to adjust the postage cost of an order that has been placed. We will understand if an order is rescinded when the postage cost is too high relative to the product value.
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All vintage beaded jewelry is either shipped in a little gift box tied with a ribbon or in a vintage Chinese embroidered silk purse.
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Thank you - Debby and Joel Arem
Nice beads!! Super fast thanks a lot!!!
I have dreamed of having a necklace such as the jade one. But the red one. That was a surprise. Both are beautiful. Thank you! Best, Jane
Lovely color;!interesting stones.
When I thought that I had ordered two of these and then checked out I had to order another set. The seller was very kind and combined my two orders and refunded my shipping.
Nice quick shipping on some hard to find items! Good packaging too!