Rhodolite is a varietal name for rose-pink to red mineral pyrope , a species in the garnet group. It was first described from Cowee Valley, North Carolina The name is derived from the Greek "rhodon" for "rose-like", in common with other pink mineral types (e.g. rhodochrosite). This coloration, and the commonly inclusion -free nature of garnet from this locality, has led to rhodolite being used as a gemstone. Rhodolite like other varietal names is not officially recognized as a mineralogical term, but rather used as an accepted trade name.