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.
But let me back up. Purple-grape colored garnets have been around for a bit, but the material was...
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