This is an unusually large rhodolite garnet, and a beautiful deep red color. It’s filled with fine needs of rutile that give it a “sleepy” look, but is still a stunning gem. The gem can appear darker than this photo, depending on the lighting, but interestingly enough it performs very well in low light. I suspect that this is the result of the rutile needles, which help reflect the light around more inside the gem, giving it a soft glow. The two photos on my hand are in natural diffused daylight and are a good representation of the typical appearance of the gem. I faceted it from an alluvial nodule that weighed 40 carats–so I managed to get a 40% yield on this deep oval design. It weighs 15.87 carats and measures 15.5 x 11.8 x 11.3 mm.