Rhodochrosite Gemstone Properties

Design Possibilities

All the fashion forecasters are saying it: Red is back in town again, and lovely glamour is traveling with her. This IS the year for daring, passionate elegance. And no gemstone is more luscious-looking and elegant than raspberry-colored rhodochrosite. Because it formed as stalagmites in Inca silver mines abandoned in the 13th century, it is sometimes called Inca rose. Today, the world's main deposits are still found in Argentina-the exotic home of an exotic stone. For once, don't settle for less. This year, indulge in at least one truly fine piece of jewelry. Give yourself the exquisite, beautiful gift of rhodochrosite. You, and many of your customers, deserve it.

Metaphysical/Healing Properties

Twelve years ago a woman I scarcely knew thought her life was so small she couldn't bear it any longer. She packed her bags, got into her car and drove half a continent away from where she'd lived for twenty-five years. For four days she drove. When she reached the Pacific coast, she stopped. People she'd left behind thought she'd gone crazy. Because they were afraid they (or someone they loved) might catch that craziness, some of their lives got even smaller. In the woman's new life, there were difficulties she hadn't expected, but hers became a larger more interesting life than she'd even imagined.

Change comes. Sometimes we go out and find it. Sometimes, it finds us instead. Rhodochrosite welcomes all change. It urges us to pay attention to our hearts and those things we hunger for. It brings out the adventuresome qualities in us. It gives us new chances. When change calls to you or falls into your life, rhodochrosite can help you open your arms and embrace it.

Mineral Information Manganese carbonate
Chemical Composition MnCO3
Color Deep pink to raspberry red
Hardness 4
Specific Gravity 3.30-3.70
Refractive Index 1.600-1.820

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**Please note that all metaphysical or healing properties listed are collected from various sources. This information is offered as a service and not meant to treat medical conditions. Fire Mountain Gems and Beads® does not guarantee the validity of any of these statements.

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