Rhodochrosite is one of the better love gemstones, right next to the powerful rose quartz. Find out how you can use this gemstone to improve life, health, and love today.
What Is Rhodochrosite?
Rhodochrosite is a pink or red gemstone that is a carbonate of manganese. The name of this mineral comes from the Greek word that means “rose.”
Rhodochrosite is considered a common mineral, but this doesn’t make it any less valuable in jewelry enthusiasts and collectors’ eyes. It is a sought after mineral because of its innate beauty and charm.
It has been around since the 13th century, and the Incas have been known to create beautiful ornamental items with this mineral’s help. There are many kinds of rhodochrosite, but the most popular one is the banded rhodochrosite with beautiful grains. Rhodochrosite is often used for carvings and other larger ornamental figures.
It can also be made into pots and even boxes. In more modern times, rhodochrosite is commonly used for creating necklace beads. As with other gemstones, rhodochrosite has different qualities. The highest quality rhodochrosite is made into commercial jewelry.
Collectors are often looking for specimens with beautiful color and concentric bands that truly bring out the mineral’s complexity. This mineral cannot be created synthetically in laboratory conditions. Therefore, all genuine rhodochrosite in the market is mined and processed afterward to bring out their natural beauty.
What Color Is Rhodochrosite?
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Rhodochrosite is categorized primarily as a pink gemstone. However, with the way nature works, uniformity in color is impossible when mining rhodochrosite from the Earth. The mineral features an entire spectrum of pink and red tones.
Rhodochrosite can occur with the brightest and most vivid pink, but there is also faded pink rhodochrosite, red rhodochrosite, and even mildly orange rhodochrosite. Rhodochrosite often shows concentric banded patterns. The visual intensity of these striped patterns differs from specimen to specimen.
The said bands can be contorted, or sometimes curved depending on the crystallization of minerals inside each specimen.
The concentric bands in rhodochrosite can be white, reddish, or pinkish. Again, there will be differences from time to time.
There should be no confusion between rhodochrosite and rhodonite. Rhodonite can easily be distinguished by checking its hardness (it is softer than rhodochrosite) and its crusting when exposed to air. Rhodonite may develop either an earthy brown stain or black crusting depending on the conditions in the environment.
Where Is Rhodochrosite Found?
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The most significant source of commercial-quality rhodochrosite is the United States. However, if we are talking about notable and higher quality specimens in smaller commercial volumes, there are other countries of note: Argentina, Canada, Mexico, and South Africa. There are also small deposits in Brazil, Peru, Germany, France, Romania, England, and Spain. The deepest red specimens are mined in Colorado, USA. For the best fine pink ones, Quebec holds the distinction for these specimens. For the amazing transparent ones, there’s Southern Mexico and South Africa.
What Is Rhodochrosite Meaning
The metaphysical meaning of rhodochrosite revolves around love. Traditionally, all pink and red gemstones have a strong affinity for all kinds of love and with the planet Venus. Rhodochrosite, specifically, emphasizes spiritual love and a strong affiliation with Earth. Since this mineral is a powerful love stone, it also connects with the heart and heals it of past hurts and heartbreaks.
What Are Rhodochrosite Healing Properties?
Rhodochrosite is helpful for people who wish to begin their spiritual journey. Spiritual journeys are naturally healing, so being a spiritual person (in general) can already help alleviate some of the sickness and malaise that you have been feeling.
Rhodochrosite’s strong linkage to the heart ensures that you have a gemstone that can support your heat and release stress. This gemstone can also aid you in attaining higher consciousness. You can also use it if you are interested in gaining higher wisdom and knowledge.
As for physical healing, rhodochrosite can help people suffering from hypertension and other common heart ailments. The subtle energies of rhodochrosite can also help improve blood circulation and normalize a person’s heart rate or pulse. It is a powerful growth stimulant that can improve the rate of bone growth and healing, and therefore, it is a good gift for someone who has just undergone surgery or is currently ill with bone and joint problems.
Additionally, if you are always suffering from headaches and migraines, it might be useful to use this crystal as a constant companion. Its subtle energies will slowly alleviate headaches and work on the source of chronic migraines. Rhodochrosite can also be used for various purposes, like balancing and cleansing your emotions, improving your grasp of your inner child, and improving one’s ability to place trust on other people.
Part of physical healing is being comfortable with the people around you, so add this to the benefits of using rhodochrosite regularly. Those with vulnerable hearts (physically or metaphorically) can benefit from this excellent crystal. Love crystals are incredibly nurturing, and we recommend maximizing its effects by creating an altar at home that is dedicated to pink and red gemstones of love.
How to Use Rhodochrosite for Oneself and at Home?
We recommend using this stone for finding true love, or at least a new person if you have come from a failed relationship.
This gemstone is also highly effective in harmonizing a household that has experienced a significant change, say, through the process of adoption or if there has been a remarriage and moving on new people.
We all want harmony at home, but changes sometimes occur, and not everyone in the family might be ready for these changes. If this is the situation, all we can do is help ease the transition by using the right combination of energy healing crystals. Crystals like rhodochrosite are useful for improving people’s relations by harmonizing them and making them more likely to work with each other.
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