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Rhodonite | Properties and Meaning


oval shaped polished rhodonite stone on display in the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles


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 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 meaning it has no definitive shape and crystals occur as one large mass.  With that said, rhodonite is far from common and can only be found in a few small deposits around the world.



cherry red coloured gemmy rhodonite crystal

 Rhodonite Crystal | Clickable Image



Rhodonite is mostly found in metamorphic rocks and its name stems from the Greek word 'rhodon' meaning 'rose'.  Despite the name being similar to rhodochrosite it's usually quite easy to distinguish one mineral 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.



Large rhodonite mineral on display in the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History



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.



Article Photos

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.



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