Rhodochrosite is a manganese mineral that makes an interesting gemstone due to its distinctive raspberry red and pink stripes. Due to its composition, rhodochrosite is also referred to as manganesespar or as raspberryspar with reference to its color. The name rhodochrosite comes from the Greek word, "rhodokhros", meaning "rose colored". In Argentina, rhodochrosite stalagmites formed in Inca silver mines that were abandoned centuries ago. Sometimes it is also called "Rosa del Inca" or "Inca rose stone" and it is said that the Incas believed that rhodochrosite was the blood of their former rulers that had turned to stone.

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Rhodochrosite Gemstone Properties

Color: Various

Hardness: 4

Specific Gravity: 3.45 - 3.70

Refractive index: 1.600 - 1.820

Rhodochrosite Color & Occurence

Rhodochrosite is raspberry red and pink. In aggregate form it is striped, often with zig zag patterns. Crystals are deep raspberry red, but rare. Rhodochrosite gets its color from the presence of manganese.

The main rhodochrosite deposits are in Argentina. Other sources include Chile, Mexico, Peru, South Africa and the USA. Rhodochrosite crystals are also found in Romania and Hungary.

Healing Power of Rhodochrosite

Rhodochrosite's pink color associates it with emotional healing, love, compassion, creativity and intuition. Rhodochrolite is thought to encourage positive feelings, personal strength and to soothe its wearer.

Mystical Power in Rhodochrosite

Physically, rhodochrolite is said to help blood pressure, respiration, migraines and the sexual organs. In traditional Hindu beliefs, rhodochrolite is associated with Anahata, or the heart chakra, which is related to peace, decision-making, love, compassion and psychic healing.

We Export Rhodochrosite Worldwide

Lodha Gems is a gemstone shop in India (India), we have natural Rhodochrosite in stock which are certified, our Rhodochrosite are procured directly from mines and our natural Rhodochrosite are free from any treatment, if you want to buy Rhodochrosite then feel free to contact us at +91 94335 46997, we ship worldwide.