Before starting the theory, I would like to thank the SU wiki for the images I will use. It really saved me a lot of time.
What if I told you that Rhodonite, or more exactly the Pearl that makes her, may have been present when Garnet first fused? Don’t believe me? Well, here is a silhouette of a pink gem with a circular stone in the chest that appeared in The Answer:
She also appears to have a similar hair to our ProtoPearl, although she does not have the characteristic pointy-nose, even though some gems in The Answer do. Of course, she only appeared in 2 scenes:
When Garnet first fused
And when all the gems (including BD) are looking down at Sapphire
The most interesting thing is that she comes a bit later than all the other gems, like if walking behind someone, do we remember what Holly Blue Agate said about our Pearl for walking right next to Sapphire: “It does your Pearl always walk next to you?”. But behind who our “RhodoPearl” is walking? Well, behind this gem (ironically enough she does have the PearlNose, though her gem is hexagonal):
Who did Rhodonite said she worked for before becoming an outcast? A morganite, a pink gem. And, if RhodoPearl was there, RhodoRuby was also very likely there…
In short, it is likely that RhodoPearl, and quite possibly RhodoRuby, wanted to try fusing with a different gem after seeing Garnet fuse for the first time.
Of course, the only thing throwing me off is the lack of the PearlNose in her silhouette, specially when other silhouettes do have it.
Reiniger was a German director and animator who specialized in silhouette animation.
At a very early age Reiniger was fascinated with movies and with Japanese silhouette art. Enrolling in an acting school taught by actor/director Paul Wegener she quickly caught his eye with her silhouetted figures and he commissioned her to make the opening titles of his 1918 film The Pied Piper of Hamelin. She enrolled in the Institute for Cultural Research shortly after and began making short films by making elaborate cardboard figures and scenes and then photographing them so that when played together they formed a moving image.
In 1926 she directed the earliest surviving feature length animated film, The Adventures of Prince Achmed.
By 1933 Reiniger and her husband Carl Koch left Germany due to the rise of the Nazi party and began living in exile around Europe. Unable to find a country willing to grant them permanent status they were temporarily sheltered by Jean Renoir in France and Luchino Visconti in Italy. They finally returned to Berlin after the end of WWII.
Reiniger is credited as director on at least 55 films. She continued making shorts and features until 1980.
Among her other accomplishments is creating the logo for the National Deaf Children’s Society in the UK and contributing illustrations to Roger Lancelyn Green’s children’s book King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table.