Geology/History

Rhodonite is a member of the pyroxenoid mineral group & is a manganese inosilicate. Commonly occurring as cleavable to compact masses with a rose-red colour. Rhodonite can turn brown due to surface oxidation. The name Rhodonite is derived from the Greek rhodos (ῥόδος) meaning rosy.

Rhodonite crystals are rare & often have a thick tabular habit. The manganese responsible for Rhodonites colour is often partly replaced by iron, magnesium, calcium & sometimes zinc. A greyish-brown variety containing as much as 20% of calcium oxide is called Bustamite. Fowlerite is a zinciferous variety containing 7% of zinc oxide. 

Metaphysical Meaning

Nurtures, supports & encourages love. Brings understanding, acceptance & direction.

Said to be a first aid stone reducing emotional shock & trauma. Clears away emotional wounds & scars from the past. Releases resentment & anger encouraging forgiveness so destructive emotions no longer cause dis-ease. Cleans the emotional body & auric field. Provides strength & positivity stimulating the will to live.  

Crystal Healing

Resonates with heart chakra. Assists anxiety & stress. Excellent wound healer reduces scarring. Promotes bone growth, good for arthritis, autoimmune disease & M.S.

Minerology

Group: Inosilicate  Pyroxenoid

Crystal System: Triclinic 1 pinacoidal

Composition: (Mn2+,Fe2+,Mg,Ca)SiO3

Form/Habit: Tabular crystals, massive, granular

Hardness: 5.5-6.5

Cleavage: Perfect on {110} and {110}, (110) ^ (110) = 92.5°; good on {001}

Fracture: Conchoidal to uneven

Lustre: Vitreous to pearly

Streak: White

Specific Gravity: 3.57-3.76

Transparency: Transparent to translucent

R.I: nα = 1.711 - 1.738 nβ = 1.714 - 1.741 nγ = 1.724 - 1.751

Colour: Rose-pink to brownish red, gray, or yellow

Birefringence: δ = 0.013

Pleochroism: Weak

Causes of Colour: Manganese