Rhodonite can range in colour from the lightest of pink to the deepest scarlet and this colourful mineral often features distinctive inclusions of black manganese oxide which can be seen as veins or patches on the surface. Although crystals do occur, they are quite rare and more commonly Rhodonite is found in massive form meaning it has no definitive shape and is just one large mass. It is usually found in metamorphic rocks and its name comes from the Greek word 'rhodon' meaning 'rose'.
First discovered in the 17th century, Rhodonite became particularly popular about one hundred years later in the Russian court and was for many years, considered to be the country's national gemstone. During this time it was predominantly used for architectural ornamentation.
In crystal healing it is used for activating love energies and also for dispelling tension and anxiety. An emotional balancer that nurtures love and encourages the brotherhood of humanity, it has the ability to show both sides of a story, grounds energy, balances the yin and yang and helps one to achieve their highest potential. seful for those who use first aid, it assists with emotional shock and panic and lends supportive energy to the soul during the process. It clears away emotional wounds and scars from the past and brings to the surface painful emotions such as resentment and anger. Rhodonite has the ability to promote unselfish self-love and forgiveness and helps take back projections that blame the partner for what is really inside oneself. Useful for turning back insults and to prevent retaliation, it recognises that revenge is self-destructive and instead promotes remaining calm in dangerous and upsetting situations. Rhodonite stimulates and heals the heart and helps to achieve one’s utmost potential. It helps with understanding after long term pain and abuse and can also relieve stress and calm nightmares. It is also beneficial for emphysema, arthritis, joint problems, emotional shock and panic and may help to improve speech and hearing.
Graded 5½ to 6½ on Mohs scale of mineral hardness, rhodonite is found in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Italy, India, Madagascar, New Zealand and Tanzania.