Unusually striking, pyrope-almandite garnet is a naturally occurring garnet blend. While raspberry is the most prized color, it is also found in shades of pink through lavender. This gem is typically found as water-worn pebbles in alluvial deposits, but it is also occasionally mined directly from host metamorphic rock. Tough, durable, never enhanced and easily cleaned, pyrope-almandite garnet is ideal for jewelry, usually referred to as "rhodolite garnet." Due to its bright transparent clarity, it is often cut into fantasy shapes.