The Rhodochrosite stone is the state mineral of Colorado. The term Rhodochrosite is derived from the Greek term rose colored.
This term is used because the Rhodochrosite stone is really known for its pink shade. The Rhodochrosite stone is composed of manganese carbonate. When there aren’t any mixtures, the Rhodochrosite color is bright pink. However, when the Rhodochrosite stone is mixed with calcium and other minerals, it becomes light pink combined with white banding. In some instances, Rhodochrosite stones may also have a brown shade. A Rhodochrosite stone is a soft stone that’s why it is easy to form and shape into jewelry. You will find rings, bracelets, and necklaces available in the market today that has a Rhodochrosite stone in it. Aside from jewelries , Rhodochrosite stones can also be used for decorative purposes as well as figurines. Many people believe that Rhodochrosite stones have spiritual benefits when worn or when decorated at home. Rhodochrosite stones today are considered to be stones for love and balance. According to some, a Rhodochrosite stone expands consciousness and balances emotion. Some healers even recommend the use of Rhodochrosite stone in order to improve eyesight and boost a person’s confidence. Also, the Rhodochrosite stone is the main gemstone for love. Wearing a jewelry that has Rhodochrosite stone is thought to bring love to oneself, enhance love for other people, increase tolerance and forgiveness and also bring fruitful friendships. The attractive color of Rhodochrosite as well as its softness (3.5 to 4 on MOHs hardness scale) makes these stones a great addition to the jewelry industry. The pink color that Rhodochrosite possesses stands out when it is combined with white stones or white metal, when worn, it attracts people.
The largest source of Rhodochrosite stones is found in Colorado specifically in the Sweet Home Mine. Other countries that have Rhodochrosite stone deposits are Argentina, Canada, Peru and South Africa. Sometimes, Rhodochrosite stones are not found in mines but are found in caves as stalagmites and stalactites. These stones are sometimes hard to find. Their indication naturally is their color and its lack of reaction to acids.