No rose-colored glasses are needed to fall in love with Argentinian rhodochrosite. Launched in the market around 1940, this rose-colored gemstone and has gained popularity for its lovely soft color.
The pink color of rhodochrosite is the result of manganese, present in stalactites and stalagmites, in caves. If polished, it displays a glasslike luster. Rhodochrosite comes in bead form from either cutting or carving but rarely with facets in jewelry.
The first public descriptions of rhodochrosite came out in 1813 based on a sample from Romania. In 2002, rhodochrosite became the official state mineral of Colorado. The Sweet Home Mine in Colorado yields the highly prized and rare red crystals found in few places on earth. Mineral specimens displaying an almost red color are popular among collectors and fetches higher prices in the market.
- The name rhodochrosite is from the Greek word for 'rose.'
- Rhodochrosite is believed to attract love.
- It also facilitates the release of past psychological issues and enhanced vision.
- Spiritual healers say that rhodochrosite relieves stress and improves one’s aura.
- It is believed to help resolve inner conflict and maintain balance.
- Rhodochrosite is said to boost one’s ability to handle problems and grow self-confidence.
- The Inca civilization called this gemstone "Inca Rose" and believed it to be the blood of their past kings and queens turned to stone.
Argentina has major deposits of rhodochrosite in the province of Catamarca. Other sources are in Latin America, Mexico, Africa, Russia, Canada and the United States (Colorado and Montana). We bring you the finest rhodochrosite from Argentina mines.
- Ranks 3.5 to 4 on the Mohs hardness scale.
- Colors display bands of pink, rose, and red with occasional striping of warm grey, brown and cream.
- Sourced from Argentina.
- Member of the calcite group.