rhodonite mineral on display as a museum exhibit


Rhodonite is a natural mineral that can range in colour from the lightest of pink to rich scarlet but stones often feature distinctive inclusions of manganese oxides.  These opaque black coloured markings are visible as veins or patches and can vary from the tiniest spot to the point where it covers the rhodonite almost completely.  Although crystals do occur they're extremely rare and the mineral is more commonly found in massive form meaning it has no definitive shape and is one large mass. 

Rhodonite is mostly found in metamorphic rocks, its name comes from the Greek word 'rhodon' meaning 'rose'.  Due to the name being very similar to rhodochrosite which is another pink coloured mineral, one is often confused for the other. 

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 crystal healing 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 rhodonite grades 5½ to 6½.  It's mainly used today as a lapidary material and is particularly popular as a gemstone.  It can be found in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Italy, India, Madagascar, New Zealand and Tanzania.

The rhodonite in our photo at the top of this page is on display in the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington D.C.  Photo by Stone Mania ©



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Further Reading:
Wikipedia on rhodonite
Rhodonite according to Geology.com