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Nature of Material: rhodonite (HOE-dull-nite) is a mineral species; triclinic crystal system; chemical composition  (Mn,Fe, Mg, Ca)SiO3

Appearance: usually translucent to opaque pink to brownish or purplish red, often with black veins or splotches (may also have greenish or yellowish areas due to impurities); also transparent pink to red (rare)

Phenomena: none
Variety and Trade Names
Misnomers: pink marble

Typical Size Range: large pieces available; transparent stones faceted for collectors typically under 2 ct
Typical Cutting Styles: cabochons, carvings, beads
Optic Character: DR, biaxial positive; AGG
Refractive Index: 1.733-1.747 (-I- .010, -.013); spot reading usually 1.73, but may be 1.54 due to quartz impurities
Birefringence: .010 to .014
Specific Gravity: 3.50 (+ .26, -.20)
Polish Luster: vitreous to sub vitreous
Fracture: conchoidal to uneven or granular
Luster: dull to vitreous
Cleavage: perfect in two directions but usually obscured by aggregate structure

Identifying Characteristics:
black veins or spots of manganese oxide Crystal Habit: usually massive

Hardness: 5½ to 6 ½
Toughness: good (aggregate) to poor (transparent stones)

Availability: plentiful
Public Recognition: unfamiliar Sources: Australia, Brazil, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Romania, Sweden, US, USSR
Recommended Disclosures: Avoid rough handling and heat.
The Meaning Of Rhodonite
The Meaning Of Rhodonite

RHODONITE- THE STONE to ease physical and emotional traumas

General Gemstone Details
Rhodonite has quite a distinct pink or rose red color, although material containing black veins is more popular than the uniform pink. The word rhodonite is derived from the Greek word rhodon for rosy, although there is also reference that credited a Celtic word rhod, which means wheel, as the origins of the name. In antiquity, rhodonite was given to travelers as a protective stone, it was said to warn them of imminent danger by causing the heartbeat to accelerate suddenly.

Scientific Properties: Moh’s Hardness of 6 with a triclinic crystal structure. Rhodonite is a silicate or quartz composite, in many ways, similar to Rose Quartz. Manganese is what brings out the rosy colors both stones are noted for. Unlike rose quartz, though, rhodonite forms more patiently. Usually the result of the Manganese metamorphosing with other minerals like aluminum and calcium through a sedimentary process. Frequently, the exposed manganese will oxidize as the minerals weather together, creating black and gray veins. The crystal is very strong and has been a popular carving material for the last few hundred years. Russians have used it extensively, carving the sarcophagus for czars and emperors from whole slabs. At Easter, Russian children would exchange eggs carved from rhodonite. While this gemstone rarely forms actual crystals, fine triclinic specimens have been found near the Manganese deposits at Wermland Sweden. Rhodonite found in Massachusetts has yielded occasional druzy clusters. Russia and Massachusetts both recognize rhodonite as a national and state gemstone. A fairly common stone, it is also found in Alaska, New Jersey, North Carolina, Montana, California, New Mexico. In the 1960's, amateur rock hounds Tommy Raspet and Perry Williams found separate deposits in Washington state. Around the world Rhodonite is found in Australia, British Columbia, Brazil, Mexico, India, Madagascar, Japan, New Zealand and several other regions.

Mystical Properties: This is a stone of self confidence born out of trust in your own heart, your own voice, and your own choices. Carrying this stone will keep your mind calm, allowing you to process chaotic situations and patiently assess your options. Rhodonite will strengthen your resolve, helping you be more disciplined in your walk. Helps us to express confidence and lovingness on physical plane in day-to-day ways with those around us. Rhodonite calms and feeds the soul through the heart; love and service. Simply holding this gemstone promotes relaxation and brings a sense of well-being. This is a balance gemstone and is used to clear the psychic centers.

Healing Properties: By reducing stress and calming the mind, rhodonite can ease physical and emotional traumas. especially emotional scars left by old wounds. It will enhance self-esteem, confidence and the energy levels of both the body and the mind. It will help you begin to accept the healing relief of forgiveness. Rhodonite will also assist the nervous system, thyroid, pituitary gland and the body's reflexes. It will strengthen the immune system and aid the heart. Victims of sudden heart attacks or equally serious illnesses may recover more quickly and more completely if they carry the stone during their convalescence. Wounds and cuts heal rapidly, with less scarring when a stone is applied directly to the injury. Healers using psychic and intuitive energies in their medicine will find rhodonite an important companion stone. It protects you from being injured or permanently damaged by the harmful energies you work with. The stone gives the healer strength to remain constant and your intent focused during your task. Rhodonite raises self worth and helps ward off negativity. It has been known as a "rescue stone".

Magical Properties: Energy: Projective Element: Fire Powers: Peace and anti-confusion Rhodonite is to be worn to be calm, as well as to cast off confusion, doubt and incoherency. It is a fine stone to wear or carry to shut down your psychic centers so you can be more restful. If you find yourself being interrupted too much, being the recipient of unwanted visitors (physical or astral) this is the stone you would use. Place a piece of it on your desk as a psychic barrier.

Zodiac: Associations: Not Noted Not a Traditional Birthstone for any Month. Stone of Taurus by some accounts, to dream of rhodonite refers to stress in your life.

Chakra Classification: Rhodonite is most effective on the 2nd, Sacral or Navel Chakra and the 4th, Heart Chakra.


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