Rhodochrosite characteristics
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Rhodochrosite characteristics

rhodochrosite: history and healing stone property

Pendant with rhodochrosite

Its name comes from the Greek words Rhodon meaning pink and Chroma meaning color.

Cronstedt Bergmann and Kirwan identified it at the end of the 18th century under the name of "oxidized manganese by aerial acid". In 1806, René Just Haüy described it as "carbonate oxidized manganese". However, it is Johann Friedrich Ludwig Hausmann who will give the definitive name of rhodochrosite in 1813.

It is also called dialogite, iron carbonate manganese; carbonate oxidized manganese, aerial acid oxidized manganese, rhodocrosite, torrensite, villaurite.

In its natural form, rhodochrosite is a red pink stone but it is quite rare to find it as such. Because of the impurities it contains, it varies from pink to light brown hues with white layers.

It is made of carbonate manganese deposits with some iron traces, calcium, magnesium, zinc, cobalt and cadmium. The manganese part dissolves in water when it infiltrates in the earth and forms mainly after with carbonate, very often under the form of stalactites in caves.

It is used in decoration, in jewelry and it is also a key element in the preparation of cheap stainless steel and some aluminum alloys.

The Alma King is the biggest crystal of rhodochrosite ever discovered. It was discovered in 1992 in the state of Colorado in the USA and is 14 x 16.5 cm.

History, legends and beliefs about rhodochrosite

Incas would consider that rhodochrosite was the fossilized blood of their ancesters/leaders. This is why it is sometimes called "pink Inca".

In Argentina, it is considered as the national stone. It is also the official stone of the state of Colorado in the USA.

Mines: Argentina, Peru, South Africa, Romania, the USA, France, Gabon, Mexico, Russia, Bulgaria and China.

Healing properties of rhodochrosite

  • It is considered as the stone of vitality and love.
  • Rhodochrosite would help with the good growth of the baby so they can stay healthy.
  • It would help the heart, kidneys, liver and blood circulation.
  • Rhodochrosite is used for respiratory infections, headaches and migraines.
  • It would be useful in the treatment of lumbagos and of the gallbladder.
  • It would help fighting against food addiction, anorexia and asthma.
  • Rhodochrosite would be a good sexual stimulating.

/!\ Please note that all healing properties listed are collected from various sources. This information is offered as a service and not meant to treat medical conditions.

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