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Cecile Raley Designs — Garnets

Yvonne Goes to Africa

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Yes, this is really happening, a dream come true. On August 17th, in just a few days, I'll be flying first to Germany to see my mom and then to two of the world's most famous gem paradises: Madagascar and Tanzania. This trip has been in the planning stages for about a year. My friend Jochen Hintze from Jentsch Mineralien, a German geologist who travels to Africa up to 10 times a year, is going to...

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About Those Pretty Grape-Purple Garnets

Posted by Cecile Raley on

There's been much buzz about these grape-purple Rhodolite garnets lately.  Well, actually they are closer to Malaia garnet than Rhodolite - my friend Josh Lents from GAL (Gemological Appraisal Laboratory of America: http://www.gemlab.com/) did a microscopic analysis.



Grape Garnet Ovals and Emerald Cut
But let me back up. Purple-grape colored garnets have been around for a bit, but the material was...

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