Rhodochrosite stone meaning and crystal properties

Rhodochrosite stone meaning and crystal properties.

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Rhodochrosite meaning

A manganese carbonate mineral with chemical composition MnCO3. In its rare pure form, it is typically a rose-red color, but impure specimens can be shades of pink to pale brown. It streaks white, and its Mohs hardness varies between 3.5 and 4. Its specific gravity is between 3.5 and 3.7.

It crystallizes in the trigonal system, and cleaves with rhombohedral carbonate cleavage in three directions. Crystal twinning often is present. It is transparent to translucent with refractive indices of nω=1.814 to 1.816, nε=1.596 to 1.598. It is often confused with the manganese silicate, rhodonite, but is distinctly softer.

The stone forms a complete solid solution series with iron carbonate (siderite). Calcium, (as well as magnesium and zinc, to a limited extent) frequently substitutes for manganese in the structure, leading to lighter shades of red and pink, depending on the degree of substitution. It is for this reason that the most common color encountered is pink.

Occurrence and discovery

Rhodochrosite occurs as a hydrothermal vein mineral along with other manganese minerals in low temperature ore deposits as in the silver mines of Romania where it was first found. Banded stone is mined in Capillitas, Argentina.

It was first described in 1813 in reference to a sample from Cavnic, Maramureş, present-day Romania. According to Dimitrescu and Radulescu, 1966 and to Papp, 1997, this mineral was described for the first time in Sacaramb, Romania, not in Cavnic, Romania. The name is derived from the Greek word ῥοδόχρως meaning rose-colored.

Typical “bacon strip” inclusions


Its main use is as an ore of manganese which is a key component of low-cost stainless steel formulations and certain aluminium alloys. Quality banded specimens are often used for decorative stones and jewelry. Due to its being relatively soft, and having perfect cleavage, it is very difficult to cut, and therefore rarely found faceted in jewelry.

Rhodochrosite stone meaning and crystal healing properties

The following section is pseudo scientific and based on cultural beliefs.

Rhodochrosite stone meaning and properties: The stone that integrates physical and spiritual energies, stimulating love and passion while energising the soul. It opens the heart, lifting depression and encouraging a positive and cheerful outlook. It improves self worth and soothes emotional stress.

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What is rhodochrosite good for?

The physical healing properties are wonderful for the heart and blood circulation. It helps control your blood pressure and pulse rate. It facilitates healing from cancer, eye disease and liver congestion. The stone is also excellent for use in the treatment of imbalances in the nervous system.

Is rhodonite and rhodochrosite the same?

The stone is a pink-red color with veins, or roads, or black Manganese Oxide. Rhodochrosite is typically more pink than red with white swirls of Manganese Carbonate. Rhodonite is more earthy and will help you with bringing more passion and vitality into your life.

What chakra is rhodochrosite associated with?

The gem reflects the light of the heart and love, and stimulates the Heart Chakra. The Heart Chakra is located near the center of the breastbone and regulates our interaction with the external world and controls what we embrace and what we resist.

How do you identify rhodochrosite gemstone?

It can be identified by its raspberry red and pink stripes with zig zag bands. In aggregate form it exhibits these unique markings. It can also be distinguished from other material by its Mohs scale hardness of 4.

Can rhodochrosite crystal get wet?

It is a very soft stone, so even small things can potentially cause scratches. The best way to clean gemstones is by using soapy water and a soft cloth. Be sure to rinse well to remove soapy residue.

Is rhodochrosite rare or common?

Clean transparent crystal is very rare as well-formed crystals. Lower quality is easy to find. Even if your jewelry shop don’t have in stock it can be easy to order.

How much does rhodochrosite cost?

Clean transparent crystals are very rare and expensive as well-formed crystals. Lower quality is easy to find for affordable price. We make jewelry with rhodochrosite jewellery as bracelets, rings, earrings or pendants.

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