Ladies rhodochrosite pendant crafted for Stone Mania in a classic sterling silver setting. This carefully chosen stone is highly polished and features impressive markings on both the front and back of the cabochon.
The mineral rhodochrosite is best known as a pinkish red stone with distinctive white markings. The material which occurs in massive form meaning its crystals are tightly intergrown and have no definitive shape usually occurs as banded stalactite rock. Widely used for producing gemstones, most of the world's supply comes from South America in particular Argentina although it can also be found in the USA and South Africa.
Deep red to rose pink coloured rhodochrosite crystals are rare and highly sought after and some of the finest material ever to have been found came from the Sweet Home Mine in Colorado.
Rhodochrosite is often confused with the pink mineral rhodonite and although both are manganese minerals whose colour occurs in various shades of pink and red, it's usually relatively easy to tell one from the other especially commercial grade material.
Despite its popularity as a gemstone, rhodochrosite is quite soft so must be handled carefully. On Mohs scale of mineral hardness which compares the scratch resistance of one mineral against another it grades just 3½ to 4.