Rhodonite Meaning and Properties
Different to Rhodochrosite
Rhodonite is a naturally occurring manganese mineral that can range in colour from the lightest pink to rich scarlet but stones often feature black coloured inclusions of manganese oxides. These opaque markings may appear as veins or patches and can range in size from the tiniest spot to almost covering the colour of the rhodonite completely. Although crystals do occur they're extremely rare and rhodonite is more commonly found in massive form meaning it has no definitive shape and crystals occur as one large mass.
This naturally occurring mineral is mostly found in metamorphic rocks and its name stems from the Greek word 'rhodon' meaning 'rose'. Being similar to another pink mineral called rhodochrosite means that one is often confused for the other but apart from the similarity in their name and both occurring in similar colours, it's usually quite straight forward to distinguish them from each other.
Pink Crystals on White Calcite from Peru. Photo: Fabre Minerals
Rhodonite Healing and Uses
Although first discovered in the 17th century rhodonite became particularly popular in Russia about one hundred years later and was used primarily for architectural and ornamental purposes.
In the metaphysical world it's used for activating love energies and also for dispelling tension and anxiety. It's said to stimulate and heal the heart and help one to achieve their maximum potential.
On Mohs scale of mineral hardness it grades 5½ to 6½ and is mainly used as a lapidary material. Opaque gemstones are usually shaped as cabochons. Rhodonite can be found in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Italy, India, Madagascar, South American, New Zealand and Tanzania .
The exhibit in our photograph at the top of our page is on display in the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Washington D.C. Photo: Stone Mania ©
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