This cabochon measures 28mm x 18mm x 3mm; weighs 7.8 grams
Rhodonite crystals are known for their capacity to bring emotional healing and to release blocked energy from within the heart chakra.
They have a strong heart based energy, that has a useful healing vibration to help with relationship problems.
By its action to stimulate acceptance, forgiveness and unconditional love towards others, it helps to bring peace to troubled relationships.
These stones are excellent for balancing the emotions, and during traumatic times this stone can be used to calm you.
Having a piece on your body, may help to stop you from taking action when you are feeling angry, fearful and panicky when traumatic events are unfolding in your life.
The energy of this stone also helps you to discover innate talents that you may not have been aware of, and work out the best way to utilize them. Use them in meditation to help you to discover where your destiny lies.
Rhodonite is a manganese inosilicate, (Mn, Fe, Mg, Ca)SiO3 and member of the pyroxenoid group of minerals, crystallizing in the triclinic system. It commonly occurs as cleavable to compact masses with a rose-red color (the name comes from the Greek ῥόδος rhodos, rosy), often tending to brown because of surface oxidation.
Rhodonite crystals often have a thick tabular habit, but are rare. It has a perfect, prismatic cleavage, almost at right angles. The hardness is 5.5–6.5, and the specific gravity 3.4–3.7; luster is vitreous, being less frequently pearly on cleavage surfaces. The manganese is often partly replaced by iron, magnesium, calcium, and sometimes zinc which may sometimes be present in considerable amounts; a greyish-brown variety containing as much as 20% of calcium oxide is called bustamite; fowlerite is a zinciferous variety containing 7% of zinc oxide.
Pink rhodonite contrasting with black manganese oxides is sometimes used as gemstone material as seen in this specimen from Humboldt County, Nevada. The inosilicate (chain silicate) structure of rhodonite has a repeat unit of five silica tetrahedral. The rare polymorph pyroxmangite, formed at different conditions of pressure and temperature, has the same chemical composition but a repeat unit of seven tetrahedral
Rhodonite has also been worked as an ornamental stone. In the iron and manganese mines at Pajsberg near Filipstad and Långban in Värmland, Sweden, small brilliant and translucent crystals (pajsbergite) and cleavage masses occur. Fowlerite occurs as large, rough crystals, somewhat resembling pink feldspar, with franklinite and zinc ores in granular limestone at Franklin Furnace in New Jersey.
Rhodonite is the official gemstone of Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
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