Healing Properties of Rhodochrosite
Rhodochrosite is a powerful stone for emotional healing. It helps you gently revisit painful childhood memories, heal the past, and reclaim the parts of yourself that you may have suppressed or disowned for emotional survival. It is also a stone of joy and nurturing, helping you access the freedom and magic of a child when they feel safe and loved.
Rhodochrosite as a Gemstone
About the Stone
Rhodochrosite is a soft mineral sometimes confused with rhodonite. It is made up of manganese carbonate. In its pure form, it is a vibrant bright pink color. Often times, calcium and other minerals find there way into the mix, the end result being a beautiful light pink color with white banding. Occasionally you will also find brown and white rhodochrosite.
Rhodochrosite is a soft stone, only a 3.5-4 on the Mohs Scale of Hardness. Rhodochrosite is very rarely faceted, most often it is cut in a cabochon style to set into jewelry. The word rhodochrosite is derived from Greek and means rose-colored. Rhodochrosite is the state mineral of Colorado and is often found in silver mines. Until people started actively looking for good quality rhodochrosite specimens, they were routinely discarded in mine dump piles.
Rhodochrosite is found in Argentina, Peru, Romania, Poland, Canada, and the United States.
Differentiating Rhodochrosite and Rhodonite
Rhodochrosite is usually found with white banding throughout, sometimes with other colors as well. Rhodonite, on the other hand, is found in more of a flat color, sometimes with black inclusions.