Rhodonite which is used primarily for decorative purposes is often confused with the mineral rhodochrosite. The confusion is not only because both stones occur in shades of pink but also because of the prefix "rhodo". This comes from the Greek word 'rhodon' meaning 'rose'. Visually it's usually quite easy to distinguish rhodonite from rhodochrosite.
Rhodonite often features dendritic inclusions of manganese oxide. The presence of these black markings can vary from a tiny spot to almost complete coverage of a stone. Inclusions can also occur as black spidery veins or randomly shaped patches.
Individual crystals of rhodonite are rare and highly sought after. Its crystal habit is more commonly massive which means crystals occur as one large mass with no visible external shape or structure.
When used for its metaphysical properties rhodonite balances the emotions, nurtures love and enables you to achieve your highest potential. A gentle yet powerful crystal, it stimulates and heals the heart.
These striking rhodonite tumbled stones which come from Russia are beautifully polished and distinctively included with manganese oxide. They're classed as a medium sized tumbled stone but weights and sizes do vary from piece to piece.