Rhodonite is found in small deposits in North Carolina, Massachusetts, Colorado, and New Jersey. It is also found in Russia, Australia, Canada, Brazil, Peru, England, and Sweden. Rhodonite was first discovered in the 1790's in the Ural Mountains of Russia. Rhodonite has been valued as an ornamental stone and was greatly used in Russia, particulary by the Czars, for carving into jewelry, tiles, sculptures, pillars and more. The name Rhodonite comes from the Greek word "rhodon" meaning "rose". It became the national stone of Russian in 1913. In 1979, Rhodonite was made the state gem of Massachusetts.
Chemical Composition: MnSiO3
Mineral Class: Manganese silicate, sometimes with some calcium, iron, and magnesium
Hardness: 5.5 - 6
Color: Rosy pink to pink with black inclusions
Locations: Found: United States, Russia, Canada, Australia, Brazil, Peru, England and Sweden.
Crystal System: Triclinic
Specific Gravity: 3.40 - 3.70
Refractive Index: 1.733 - 1.744
Care of Rhodonite
Clean using a soft cloth and soapy water rinsing well and polishing after to remove any soap residue. As with most gemstones, ultrasonic cleaners and steamers are not recommended. Store in a soft case away from hard objects to avoid being scratched.
Metaphysical Properties associated with Rhodonite
*All metaphysical or healing properties listed below are collected from various sources. The validity of the information is not guaranteed nor expresses the artist's views. This compiled information is offered as a service for those interested in potential metaphysical properties and not meant to treat medical conditions.