Ladies rhodochrosite pendant crafted exclusively for Stone Mania in a simple but elegant sterling silver setting. This meticulously chosen gemstone is highly polished and features impressive markings on both sides of the cabochon.
The traditional colour of the mineral rhodochrosite is rose-pink and it can either occur as transparent crystals or as a banded stalactite rock. Clear crystals are rare and highly sought after but the banded material is more readily available and is popular as a lapidary material and particularly for gemstones. Argentina is the main source of the banded variety of rhodochrosite although it can also be found in the USA and South Africa. Despite its popularity and extensive use in items of jewellery, it is quite soft grading just 3½ to 4 on Mohs scale of mineral hardness so must be treated with care.
Rhodochrosite is often confused with another pink stone called rhodonite and although both are manganese minerals whose colour occurs in various shades of pink and red, there is no similarity at all in their appearance.
This colourful and eye-catching ladies rhodochrosite pendant is comfortably light weight and not at all chunky.
Weight (grams): 26.4
Size (cms): 4.1 x 3.2 x. 0.7