For the jewelry-maker or beading enthusiast, here are 50 beads made of Rhodolite
chips. Chips are the small leftovers from tumbled stones or shells,
with holes drilled through them. Mix them with other stone beads and
metallic spacers for endless possibilities.
[Please allow for natural variations in the stones.]
Tell Me More! Garnet comes in almost every color. Rhodolite is the common red-wine color we often think of when we think of Garnets. It's a beautiful deep burgundy. In Greek mythology, Hades, the god of the Underworld, fell in love with a beautiful maiden named Persephone, who he stole and brought down to the Underworld to be his wife. Persephone's mother Demeter, the goddess of the harvest, forced Zeus to have Hades return Persephone to the world. Before this happened, Persephone ate the food of the dead--the pomegranate. She ate six seeds, so she was doomed to spend six months out of every year in the Underworld. During this time, Demeter mourned for the loss of her daughter and refused to allow anything to grow, and this was winter. The gemstone Garnet was named for the old word for "pomegranate," and you can see why!
- Stone: Rhodolite
- Color: Transparent deep wine-red
- Approximate size and shape of chips: 1/8" to 1/4"; smooth, round, uniform