Geology/History

Rhodochrosite’s pure form is rare & is typically a rose-red colour. Siderite, Calcium, magnesium & zinc will change specimen colour from shades of pink to pale brown. Rhodochrosite occurs as a hydrothermal vein mineral, with other manganese minerals in low temperature ore deposits. Tends to occur near silver as in the silver mines of Romania where it was first found. Banded Rhodochrosite is mined in Capillitas, Argentina. Catamarca in Argentina has an old Incan silver mine where fine stalactitic examples of rhodochrosite have been found, they are unique & very beautiful.

Metaphysical Meaning

The Inca Rose

The Incas believed Rhodochrosite is the blood of their ancestors & former rulers turned to stone & is sometimes referred to as "Rosa del Inca" or "Inca Rose".

Represents selfless love & compassion. Excellent for stimulating heart energy & harmonious relationships. A wonderful leadership stone as it promotes acceptance & understanding, turning hurtful experiences into valuable life lessons. Helps to release irrational fears & paranoia. Lifts depressed moods bringing a lightness & playfulness to life. Meditate with to visit ancestors & ancient beings. Brings peace, happiness & joyful laughter.  A fantastic growth stone both physically & spiritually.

Crystal Healing

Good for pregnancy, asthma, kidneys, eyesight, blood pressure. Relieves stress, migraines & anxiety. Great for healing abuse. 

Minerology

Group: Carbonate mineral

Crystal System: Trigonal

Composition: MnCO3

Form/Habit: Rhombohedral & scalenohedral crystals - also commonly bladed, columnar, stalactitic, botryoidal, granular or massive

Hardness: 3.5-4

Cleavage: On {1011} perfect; parting on {1012}

Fracture: Uneven, conchoidal

Lustre: Vitreous - pearly

Streak: White

Specific Gravity: 3.7

Transparency: Transparent to translucent

R.I: nω = 1.814 - 1.816 nε = 1.596 - 1.598

Colour: Pink, rose-red, cherry-red, yellow, yellowish gray, cinnamon-brown, may be banded

Birefringence: δ = 0.218

Pleochroism: Weak

Causes of Colour: Manganese - Siderite, Calcium, magnesium & zinc

Fluorescence: None