Rhodonite gets its name from the Greek word ῥόδος rhodos meaning rosy. It is a rose-red manganese silicate and is usually veined with streaks of black and grey due to the oxidation of manganese. It has quite a distinct pink or rose red colour, although material containing veins is more popular than the uniformly coloured stone. This is usually the result of the manganese metamorphosing with other minerals like aluminium and calcium through a sedimentary process. It has Mohs Hardness of 6 with a triclinic crystal structure.
Rhodonite is commonly mined in very large blocks and because of its beautiful colour and fine texture it is a popular medium for stone masonry and architectural projects.
This crystal has been a popular carving material for the last few hundred years. The Russians of earlier years were known for their Rhodonite carvings and have used it extensively, carving the sarcophagus for czars and emperors from whole slabs, like the sarcophagus of the Russian emperor Alexander II (1818-1881) which was carved from a single block. Russian children would exchange Easter eggs carved from Rhodonite.
Russia and Massachusetts both recognize Rhodonite as their national and state gemstone.
In antiquity, Rhodonite was given to travellers as a protective stone, it was said to warn them of imminent danger by causing their heartbeat to accelerate suddenly.
Rhodonite is a stone of compassion and is often referred to as a ‘Stone of Love’; an emotional balancer that nurtures love and heartens the brotherhood of humanity. This stone calms and feeds the soul through the heart. It promotes peace, happiness, joy and laughter. It encourages self-love and forgiveness.
It also stimulates, clears and activates the heart to clear away emotional wounds and scars from the past. Rhodonite provides support in cases of emotional self-destruction, co-dependency and abuse. It heals emotional shock and panic, and promotes remaining calm in dangerous or upsetting situations. Builds confidence and alleviates confusion. Rhodonite grounds energy, balances yin-yang, and serves in achieving your highest potential.
Just holding this stone promotes relaxation and brings a sense of well-being. It may be used to clear your psychic centres and to clear the mind of confusion and doubt. Rhodonite is said to help in applying your talents for the good of others. It is thought to help you reach your full potential and teaches you to see both sides of every issue. It is an excellent stone to use for smoothing over relationship difficulties.
This stone develops trust in yourself; it boosts your self confidence and strengthens your resolve and self discipline. It allows you to process chaotic situations and patiently assess your options. It liberates from spiritual and physical pain, promoting forgiveness to do away with the festering anger and annoyances in life.
Rhodonite raises self worth and helps ward off negativity. It has been known as a “rescue stone”. Victims of sudden heart attacks or equally serious illnesses may recover more quickly and more completely if they carry the stone during their convalescence.
Rhodonite soothes the nervous system, nightmares, stress, heartache and loss and assists thyroid, pituitary gland and the body's reflexes. It will strengthen the immune system and aid the heart. It is an excellent wound healer and can reduce scarring. It relieves insect bites. It aids bone growth and the hearing organs; very good for speech and hearing problems. It treats emphysema, asthma, auto-immune diseases and stomach ulcers and eases inflammation of joints and arthritis. Stimulates fertility and is thought to support healthy liver and pancreas function.
Rhodonite is an important companion stone for healers using psychic and intuitive energies, giving them the strength, constancy and intent focus during healing sessions. It provides protection from being injured or permanently damaged by the harmful or negative side of energies they work with.