This highly polished stone features impressive markings on both the front and back.
The mineral rhodochrosite is best known as a pinkish red stone with distinctive white markings. Widely used for decorative purposes particularly gemstones, most of the world's supply comes from South America. It can also be found in the USA and South Africa.
Despite its popularity 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 3.5 to 4.