What is Rhodochrosite?
Rhodochrosite is a beautiful banded pink and white crystal. It has only been on the market since 1940. Only a 3.5- 4 on the Mohs Scale of Hardness, Rhodochrosite is relatively soft and fragile. It is found in hydrothermal veins associated with copper, lead and silver. Hydrothermal veins are created when hot water evaporates and leaves behind minerals and crystals.
How is Rhodochrosite Formed?
At the Capillitas Mine in northeastern Argentina, a few million years ago, hydrothermal fluids deposited lead and zinc sulfides in the area, along with manganese carbonate. As water seeped through the deposits, it dissolved the accompanying carbonates. The resulting mineralized water eventually emerged into underlying caves. As each drop fell from the cave ceiling, it left behind a tiny deposit of Rhodochrosite.
Another small quantity of Rhodochrosite landed on the cave floor below. Over time, these deposits accumulated to form stalactites and stalagmites, sometimes fusing to form columns. These columns are often sliced for jewelry and display stones and come in the banded, pink and white variety of Rhodochrosite that some say look like bacon!
The Sweet Home Mine in Colorado operated as a silver mine in 1870 to 1960s, and the Rhodochrosite deposits were seen as junk compared to the silver at the time. The mine was later reopened to serve the Rhodochrosite community with its distinctive red crystals that formed as a result of hydrothermal’s slow cooling. Slow cooling allows the impurities in the crystal to wash away and larger crystals to grow. The lighter colors or the “impure” variety of Rhodochrosite is formed when the manganese is replaced by calcium, manganese or zinc.
Where is Rhodochrosite Found?
Besides Argentina and the USA, Rhodochrosite is also found in Romania, Germany (where it is known as “Raspberry Spar”), South Africa, Mexico, Japan, and Russia.
Mineral Facts of Rhodochrosite
The mineral Rhodochrosite is a source of manganese for the steel industry. The stainless steel utensils we use to eat with find part of their origin in Rhodochrosite.Surface Color: Transparent White
Streak Color (can vary from surface color, this is the color of the crystals’ powdered minerals): White
Cleavage (where the crystal breaks off naturally to form a new face, parallel to its structure. This is a clean break and can cleave over and over again along the same face, retaining the crystals structure): None
Fracture: Conchoidal (clam-like, the way glass breaks)
Luster: Vitreous (glass-like) to Greasy
Tenacity: Very Brittle (little resistance to breakage)
Transparency: Transparent (light goes through without obstacles) to Translucent (allows light through the crystal but not fully transparent)
Crystal System: Trigonal (prism with 6 sides and 6 edges meeting at a sharp point).
Crystal Habit: Crystals or Massive (lump)
What are the Metaphysical Properties of Rhodochrosite?
When you find yourself surrounded by a ring of Rhodochrosite crystals, you have no other choice but to fall in love. The deep pink colors draw you into beauty, magic and the unknown.
Rhodochrosite opens your heart to all possibilities and allows your mind to believe in the promise of fantasy.
Rhodochrosite is a crystal to increase self-worth; it helps you to commit to yourself and live life according to your own beliefs.
Rhodochrosite attracts soul mates of all types (not just lovers) some may be soul mates who come into your life to teach you certain lessons you may not find that pleasant to learn
Drink as a gem elixir for thyroid problems and infections.
Rhodochrosite has the energy of passion and is excellent for musicians looking for inspiration.
Place at the Heart to uplift emotions and engulf fears.
Carry with you to alleviate fears and paranoia (especially during a hypnotherapy session in which you are working on such afflictions)
Wear or place over the Sacral Chakra for issues of sexual abuse
Sheila's Personal Experience with Rhodochrosite
Rhodochrosite has always been my go-to "love stone" and has brought me many soul-mates in life. We are not talking just love soul-mates, but we are referring to anyone who comes into your life to teach you lessons. Sometimes it's sad when these people move back out of my life, but focusing on the big picture, Rhodochrosite allows me to appreciate what they added to it and how I have advanced because of it.
Since I am a jewelry person, I like to wear Rhodochrosite necklaces and program them to attract a constant flow of new friendships. Some of the friends Rhodochrosite has brought have been shallow acquaintances and others have been deep connections, some have flitted through briefly and others will remain until the end.
Either way, I am in love with this bold pink stone that has kissed me with the ability to open my heart and embrace the souls who want to walk together on this life's path, no matter how brief or how long.
Rhodochrosite Stones & Jewelry
Rhodochrosite is a much sought after crystal for jewelry because of its appealing colors. It is exquisitely carved into different figurines, polished into alluring collector's minerals and shaped into healing pieces like eggs, balls and hearts.
As for jewelry, the better the color the more expensive the strand of Rhodochrosite beads will be. It is a relatively pricey stone and here at the Satin Crystals boutique you can find Rhodochrosite in handmade necklaces, earrings, rings, and bracelets.
Are you in love with Rhodochrosite?
Do you have some stories to relate about this powerful pink stone? We'd love to hear any questions or comments you have regarding Rhodochrosite. Feel free to contact us anytime.
Further Rhodochrosite related resources:
- Shop the Rhodochrosite Collection
- How to use crystals for Love and Romance
- Healing the Heart Chakra with Crystals