Rhodonite - Mineral and Healing Properties

Chemistry: (Mn, Fe, Mg, Ca)5(SiO3)5 , Manganese Iron Magnesium Calcium Silicate.

Class: Silicates

Subclass: Inosilicates

Uses: Ornamental and semi-precious stone and as a an ore of manganese.

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Rhodonite is well known among collectors for its beautiful pink and red color. The red variety can be so deep red that it rivals the color of Ruby. The large crystals once found in Franklin, New Jersey, are classic rarities that make magnificent reference pieces.

Rhodonite often has black manganese oxide veins running through a specimen, giving it the distinct appearance of pink with black crisscrossing lines and flower-like formations throughout. These are the forms most commonly used as gemstones, especially in beads and ornamental objects. Large massive specimens of black-streaked Rhodonite is often sliced and polished into slabs for collectors.

Origin Of The Name

Rhodonite is named after the Greek word for rose, rhodon which relates to its rose pink color.

Interesting Facts

Rhodonite is the official gemstone of Commonwealth of Massachusetts. It is commonly found in the form of stalactites and stalagmites in the caves of Argentina. The Incas, who called it Inca Rose, believed that it contained the blood of their former kings and queens that was turned to stone.

Where Is It Found

This stone is found in a large number of locations, including Germany, Sweden, Russia, Spain, Brazil, Mexico, Madagascar, South Africa, India, Australia, Canada and the USA.

What Do We Do With It

Rhodonite is used almost exclusively as a collectible mineral and for making jewelry. It has sometimes been used as a manganese ore product.

Metaphysical Uses

An extraordinary stone of the Heart Chakra. Rhodonite takes up the process and empowers one to reach one’s full potential, focusing one’s gifts and energies outward for the betterment of all. It is a stone of purpose, cooperation and community, altruism and generosity of spirit. It is a talisman to further the “brotherhood of humanity.”

Rhodonite is highly recognized as an emotional healer and for bringing one back to center during stressful times. It is a crucial “first aid stone” for calming emotional shock and panic, and provides grounded support during the process of dealing with painful issues.

Rhodonite has a strong resonance with forgiveness and giving the soul the love it needs in order to heal. It gently releases self-destructive tendencies, festering resentments and anger, and allows one to see both sides of an issue to reach conciliation.

It encourages the love of others, and aligning with the spirituality of the universe in order to recognize one’s purpose and how one’s gifts and abilities may be used to effect change on Earth.

Physical Characteristics

Color: Pink to red or orange and even black.

Luster: Vvitreous to dull.

Transparency: Crystals are transparent to translucent.

Crystal System: Triclinic; bar 1

Crystal Habits: Crystals that have a blocky prismatic habit, however crystals are rare. More typically massive, coarse and fine granular aggregates.

Cleavage: Perfect in two directions forming prisms.

Fracture: Conchoidal

Hardness: 5.5 - 6.5

Specific Gravity: 3.4 - 3.7

Streak: White

Associated Minerals: Calcite, pyrite, microline and other manganese minerals.

Best Field Indicators: Color, black inclusions, lack of reaction to acid and hardness.

Educational Videos

An incredible, and large, book carved out of rhodonite

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