Rhodonite | Properties and Meaning



rhodonite mineral on display as a museum exhibit


About the Mineral Rhodonite

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.  With that said it's not particularly common and can only be found in a few small deposits around the world.

Rhodonite is mostly found in metamorphic rocks and 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 from the other.

On Mohs scale of mineral hardness rhodonite grades 5½ to 6½ and is mainly used as a lapidary material.  It 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 it became particularly popular in Russia about one hundred years later and was used primarily for architectural and ornamental purposes.



pink coloured rhodonite mineral specimen


Pink Crystals on White Calcite from Peru. Photo: Fabre Minerals



Rhodonite in Crystal Healing

When used for crystal healing rhodonite is said to activate love energies and dispel tension and anxiety.  It can be used to stimulate and heal the heart and to help one to achieve their maximum potential.



The photograph at the top of our page was taken in the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Washington D.C.  Photo: Stone Mania ©



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