Rhodochrosite Meaning, Powers and History
Rhodochrosite is a manganese carbonate. Its name derives from the Greek words rhodon meaning ‘rose’, and chroma meaning ‘color’. Rhodochrosite is a common mineral. Dating back to the 13th century, this stone is nearly legendary. Argentina has been a key source for rhodochrosite since the 13th century, when Incas worked the silver mines and created beautiful pieces with the stone. The San Luis province in central Argentina has the oldest mines, and the rhodochrosite from there has been named Inca Rose. In the 1930’s, fine grain banded rhodochrosite became a popular stone that was used to carve figurines.
Today, rhodochrosite is still used for that purpose, along with carving pots and boxes, and making necklace beads, or other types of jewelry. It is a somewhat brittle stone however, so it is not usually used for pieces of jewelry to be worn every day. Gem quality crystals are most often cut for collectors only. Collectors value most the tubular stalactic forms of rhodochrosite that are cut into cross-sections, which clearly display the beautiful concentric bands within the stone. Rhodochrosite is not imitated or produced synthetically.
Rhodochrosite derives its pink color from manganese. It is usually a vivid bright pink color, but can also be different shades of pink; rose, red, faded pink or slightly orange. Narrow bands within the stone are visible, and may be curved or slightly contorted. These bands can be pink and red or pink and white. Chemical alternation will turn rhodochrosite blackish or dull brownish. Rhodochrosite has a vitreous to pearly luster and rates a 4 on the hardness scale. It is often found where manganese, copper, silver and lead might be found, frequently in hydrothermal mineral veins. Associated minerals include calcite, ankerite, alabandite, rhodonite, bementite, fluorite, manganite, quartz, galena, pyrite, and chalcopyrite. Rhodochrosite is distinguished from rhodonite, another similar pink manganese mineral, by its inferior hardness, as well as the brown or black crust it develops as a result of exposure to air.
Today, the primary sources of rhodochrosite are in the United States. Some of the best quality rhodochrosite however, comes from a cavern in Argentina, which has rhodochrosite stalactites and stalagmites. Beautiful deep red and clear rhodochrosite can be found in The Sweet Home Mine in Alma, Colorado. Fine pink and red rhodochrosite is found in Mount Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, in Canada, and fine transparent and banded varieties are found in the North Cape province in South Africa. Other mines are in Capillitas near Andalgala, in northwest Argentina; Pachuca, Hidalgo, in southern Mexico; Linopolis, Minas Gerais, in southeast Brazil; and in the Lima Department of Peru.
Rhodochrosite is also found in various locations around Germany, Romania, France, Spain, and England. In the United States, it can be found in Cripple Creek, Colorado, as well as various locations around California, Oregon and New Jersey.
Rhodochrosite has many remedial attributes. It has been said to be able to reduce anxiety and stress, negative attitudes towards oneself, and painful emotions from the past. It stimulates activity, compassion, and understanding, helps stabilize emotions, and has always been known as a remedy for lung disorders and digestive problems. Rhodochrosite is a stone that promotes overall harmony.
Rhodochrosite represents selfless love and compassion. It is a wonderful stone to use when working with the Heart Chakra and relationships. Those dealing with loss will find a deep love within this stone. Comforting and positive, Rhodochrosite helps to bring repressed emotions to the surface to be acknowledged, addressed, and released, allowing for much personal growth to take place.
Rhodochrosite aids in self-forgiveness and self-love. Rhodochrosite is also good for clearing the Root and Solar Plexus Chakras, improving self-worth, attracting love, and relieving emotional stress. Use Rhodochrosite in meditation to relax the diaphragm for full, deep breathing. Rhodochrosite can help those stuck in any phase of the grief process, by clearing out negative vibrations from the middle chakras. Meditating with Rhodochrosite can connect one to the Divine mind, allowing one to see the purpose behind negative experiences.
Many people work with Rhodochrosite to bring much-needed love into the world. This stone is often used for repairing the subtle bodies and for reclaiming lost gifts. In this latter capacity, one can work with Rhodochrosite to bring about the healing of past events that have caused the breakdown of one’s self-confidence and self-knowledge to the point where personal gifts have been given up, in favor of living in “survival mode“. Once these past issues are healed, it becomes easier for the person to remember their gifts and their true purpose for this incarnation.
Physically, Rhodochrosite heals the heart, adjusts imbalances in the circulatory and nervous systems, relieves migraines, and clears up infections. Keep Rhodochrosite in the bedroom to help with sexual issues.
PROPERTIES FOR STONE
CRYSTAL NAME: Rhodochrosite
AFFIRMATION: My spirit grows as I treat myself and others with loving compassion.
QUESTION: How do you treat yourself kindly?
ASTROLOGICAL SIGN: Leo (July 23 to August 22), Scorpio (October 23 to November 21)
PRIMARY CHAKRA: Heart Chakra
STONE NAME INFORMATION TAGS
LOCATION: Argentina, Peru, Russia, South Africa, Uruguay
MINERAL CLASS: Carbonates
CRYSTAL SYSTEM: Trigonal Crystal System
HARDNESS: 3.5 to 4 Hardness
NUMERICAL VIBRATION: Number 4
CHEMICAL COMPOSITION: MnCO3, Manganese Carbonate
PHYSICAL: Aging Process, Asthma, Autoimmune Disorders, Bladder Problems, Blood Pressure Regulation, Cancer, Circulatory Problems, Colon Disorders and Health, Eating Disorders, Eye Disorders and Infections, Headache and Migraine Relief, Herpes, Infection, Kidney Disorders and Health, Lungs, Memory Health, Nail Diseases and Disorders, Ovarian Cancer, Prostate Health, Reproductive Organs, Respiratory Health, Thyroid Balance and Health, Veins
EMOTIONAL: Anxiety, Calming, Compassion, Creativity and Creative Expression, Denial, Eases Depression, Emotional Awareness, Emotional Balance, Emotional Pain, Fear, Forgiveness, Kindness, Letting Go, Love, Passion, Positivity and Optimism, PTSD, Reducing Stress or Tension, Relationships, Self- Acceptance, Self Confidence and Self Worth, Sexual Abuse, Truth
SPIRITUAL: Amplifying, Aura Cleansing and Clearing, Balancing Yin Energy, Cosmic Awareness and Consciousness, Divine Love/Connection/Guidance, Dream Interpretation and Recall, Heart Chakra, Soulmate, Unconditional Love
EXTRA GRADE: Beautiful pink color with minimal white banding, translucent, <10% matrix
A GRADE: Nice pink color with some white banding, partially translucent, <10% – 25% matrix
B GRADE: Poor pink color with lots of white banding, opaque, and/or >25% matrix