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Log of RHDC350 on completion of cutting
Cut Shape : Matched Pairs


Log of RHDC350 in its rough state

Rough Image

ID # RHDC350

Geological History

This beautiful pair of Rhodolites were formed several hundred million years ago in a pegmatitic vein in Tanzania, East Africa. Heated ground waters circulated through rock fractures, dissolving minerals from the surrounding rocks and redepositing them in open spaces like fractures. Amongst these chemicals was one very important component iron. It is this which makes Rhodolite red. It is an impurity that was formed within the garnet crystal and without it the gem would have had no colour. As the rock folded with time, the heat and pressure grew to a level where it was possible for these Rhodolite crystals to form. This remained constant for the many millions of years between that time and the time they were discovered by man. Hundreds of millions of years later the garnet crystals were chiseled from the crevice within which they had lain for so long and carried to the surface by miners in the Kangala area of Tanzania, in East Africa. Here in Kangala, the area is dotted with mining holes surrounded by tall grasslands and fruit bats hang from the lips of the abandoned pits. From there they found their way to Nairobi where they ended up in the offices of Lapigems Gem Company. Here, they were examined with various tools of the trade and bought and cut by Lapigems master cutters into a beautiful pair of fine Rhodolites. A journey of 550 million years has paused here.

Gemstone Reports And Certification

This gemstone has several reports prepared for it by a GIA Gemologist and these reports are shipped with it.

Gemstone Grading Certificate

This certificate is a full and detailed grading report utilizing the Gemological Institute of America Grading system.

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Personalized History and Registration Report

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This report has been prepared by a GIA Gemologist at Lapigems Gem Company. All gemological tests were performed using current techniques and using current gemological equipment. The gemstone here reported is certified and this report, combined with the printed photo-certificate constitutes a thorough certification of this gemstone from mine to private owner.

Private Ownership Registration
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Quality Report

Color - 3.5
Clarity - 4
Cut - 4
Rarity - 3.5

How are these quality allocations reached?

Color Clarity Cut Rarity

Gemstone Grading Report

The gemstone here described has been identified as a natural gemstone and has the following description :

Description : Faceted African Rhodolite
Weight : 3.13 carats
Shape : Matched Pairs
GIA Color Grade : slpR 5/5more info
GIA Clarity Grade : VVSmore info
Species : Garnet
Variety : Rhodolite Garnet
Refractive Index : 1.762
Cause of Color : Iron
Specific Gravity : 3.84
Optic Character : SR
Crystal System : Cubic
Treatments : None
Country of Origin : Tanzania, East Africa

Mining Report

Date Mined : 3rd December 2006
Mining Location : Kangala, Tanzania
Type of Source : Primary / Alluvial
Mining Method : Open Cast / Panning
Host Rock : Quartz / Mica
Chemical Composition of rough : Manganese Alluminium Silicate

Gemological Testing Methodology

Gemological Tests performed on this gemstone by a GIA Gemologist include but are not limited to:

Refractive Index, Specific Gravity, Pleochroism, Polariscope to ascertain Optic Character, Spectroscope to ascertain spectrum, Magnification with GIA Microscope using darkfield lighting, Chelsea Filter, Ultraviolet Flourescence.

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