Crystals of Rhodonite are Very Rare
Rhodonite is a naturally occurring manganese mineral that can range in colour from the lightest pink to rich scarlet. Stones often feature distinctive black inclusions of manganese oxides. These opaque markings may appear as veins or randomly shaped patches and can range in size from the tiniest dot to almost covering the natural colour of the rhodonite completely.
Although rhodonite crystals do occur they're extremely rare and this mineral is more commonly found in massive form. The crystal habit known as 'massive' means crystals occur in one large mass so have no definitive shape. With that said, the mineral rhodonite is far from common and can only be found in a few small deposits around the world.
Rhodonite Crystal | Clickable Image
Rhodonite is mostly found in metamorphic rocks. Its name stems from the Greek word 'rhodon' meaning 'rose'. Despite having a similar name to the mineral rhodochrosite it's usually quite easy to distinguish one stone from the other particuarly in commercial grade material.
On Mohs scale of mineral hardness rhodonite grades 5½ to 6½ which means it can be scratched by any rock or mineral with a higher number on the scale. Scratch resistance shouldn't be confused for toughness which is a different characteristic.
Rhodonite can be found in the United Kingdom, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Italy, India, Madagascar, South America, New Zealand and Tanzania.
Although first discovered in the 17th century the stone became particularly popular in Russia about one hundred years later and was used primarily for architectural and ornamental purposes.
Rhodonite Healing Properties
Rhodonite is a stone to carry if you want to make yourself heard. It improves communication and facilitates mutual understanding. Carry a piece of rhodonite when going through a significant change in life especially when the situation is not of your choosing. It can be used to dispel negative states of mind, confusion and anxiety.
Associated with the heart chakra rhodonite activates love energies, dispels tension and stimulates and heals the heart. It balances the emotions, nurtures love and can help with emotional healing.
Rhodonite is a good stone to carry for those who deal with upsetting or difficult situations. It promotes calmness and confidence and the ability to communicate in a loving and compassionate manner.
The photograph of the rhodonite stone at the top of this article is courtesy of Stan Celestian. The rhodonite in the second photo is on display in the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Washington D.C. Photo by Stone Mania. Both photos are clickable and redirect to the original full size image.