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Ring with rhodonite
This mineral was described in 1819 by Christoph Friedrich Jasche d'Ilsenhourg.
Its name comes from the Greek word "rhodon" meaning "pink".
It is also called manganese basilicate, buslamite (a grey red variety from Mexico), cummingtonite, hermannite, hydropite, kapnikite, mangan amphibol, manganolite, pink lithoid manganese, silicious pink oxidized manganese, red silicious oxidized manganese, pink manganese, paisbergite or sesquimanganese silicate.
Rhodonite is a stone of the silicate group. It is mainly composed of manganese and silicon, sometimes with iron, magnesium or calcium.
It can go from red to pink (sometimes grey) colors with black veins.
In the antiquity, it would be offered to express one’s friendship.
Greeks and Romans would wear a rhodonite as an amulet during their trip to protect themselves against attacks and thieves.
It was a much-appreciated stone in Russia. It was used as a decorative element for vases, columns… in many palaces.
The Tsar Alexander II had the slab of the grave of his spouse made of rhodonite. It took 16 years to polish to make it and was all polished by hand. It was installed in Saint Petersburg's Cathedral in 1906.
Mines: Australia, Brazil, the USA, France, Sweden and Russia.
Pendant with rhodonite
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