Rhodolite Garnet chips. Chip size = small. Rhodolite is a varietal name for rose-pink to red pyrope garnet found in Cowee Valley, Macon County, North Carolina. The name is derived from the Greek for “rose-like”, in common with many pink mineral types (e.g. rhodochrosite, rhodonite), but rhodolite itself is not officially recognised as a mineralogical term. This colouration, and the commonly inclusion-free nature of garnet from this locality, has led to rhodolite being used as a semi-precious gemstone.