Rhodochrosite (Gem-Quality)

Tender Love

Attract soul mates, both lovers and friends.

Feel secure while expressing emotions.

Heal abuse and trauma from the past.

Become more compassionate and understanding.

Let Rhodochrosite guide you to love wisely and deeply.


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Healing Properties of Rhodochrosite

Spiritual: Rhodochrosite evokes the Goddess and the vibration of Divine Love. It invites our spirit and heart to be courageous and compassionate, in alignment with whatever is true and good. Rhodochrosite encourages us to constantly ask “what would love do?” in each situation we encounter, and to respond accordingly. Rhodochrosite also teaches us the art of Lila – or sacred play. It reminds us that playing and laughing are important spiritual activities which nourish our soul. When we joyful embrace life, we honor the Creator and, in so doing, recognize deep in our hearts that we are worthy of the Light that so freely shines down on us. Rhodochrosite is attuned to the Solar Plexus and Heart Chakras and linked to the astrological signs of Leo, Scorpio. It is connected to the elements of Fire and Water and vibrates to the number 4.

Emotional: Rhodochrosite gives us new energy, making us more cheerful and less prone to depression. When “all is well” in our own life, Rhodochrosite inspires self-confidence, generosity, spontaneity, and creativity. But when we have suffered trauma and are in emotional pain, Rhodochrosite’s energy shifts to all-encompassing focus on love and comfort. It evokes the wise, fierce, and loving Mother Goddess to hold us and make us whole again. Rhodochrosite is especially good for anyone who has been abused, is suffering from a broken heart, has survivor guilt, or otherwise struggles with feelings of unworthiness. Rhodochrosite gently takes away the pain and helps us to work through our complex emotions; reminding us over and over again, that we are loved, we are seen, and we will be alright.

Mental: Rhodochrosite wakes up our mind and fills it with ideas and encourages us to get to work. It brings an enthusiasm for new projects and keeps us engaged with ongoing activities. Rhodochrosite inspires us to be more curious, which in turn makes work and study more enjoyable and the time speed by faster. Rhodochrosite also encourages us to be more honest and not tend towards denial or avoidance, particularly in regards to serious and uncomfortable problems. It is a wonderful stone to take to therapy sessions or to work with while processing pain from the past/present and fears for the future.

Physical: Rhodochrosite is used by metaphysical healers to treat the reproductive system and sexual disorders, as well as the circulatory and nervous system. It is also said to reduce the frequency of migraines and ease physical withdrawal from substance addictions. Rhodochrosite is believed to help the body eliminate toxins effectively, promoting regularity, and flushing the intestines.

Always use wisdom when considering crystal therapies for healing.

Mineralogy of Rhodochrosite

Raw Rhodochrosite

Raw Rhodochrosite, Boldut Mine, Romania

Mineral Family: Carbonites

Chemical Composition: Mn{CO3}
Cleavage: Perfect
Color: Rose-red to yellowish, striped
Crystal System: Hexagonal/trigonal
Form/Habit: Rhombohedral
Fracture: Uneven, conchoidal
Gravity: 3.45-3.7
Hardness: 4
Luminescence: Red (long and short wave)
Luster: Vitreous (glassy)
Streak: White
Transparency: Transparent to opaque

Location: The most important Rhodochrosite deposits are located in Argentina. Additional Rhodochrosite deposits are located in Chile, Mexico, Peru, South Africa, and the United States.Rhodochrosite Mine Locations

Mineral Family: Rhodochrosite is a Carbonate mineral. Carbonates are an important part of the Earth’s crust and are found in sedimentary, metamorphic, and igneous rocks. Carbonates are minerals which contain the carbonate group CO3 as their basic structural unit. They form in a trigonal system with one carbon atom centrally located between 3 oxygen atoms. While there are over 70 types of Carbonate minerals, the most common are Dolomite, Siderite, and Calcite. It is closely related to Aragonite, Calcite, Magnesite and Malachite.

Formation: Formed in the sedimentary manner as part of the oxidation of Manganese ore. Essentially, water containing Manganese and Carbon acid collects in hollows and fills in cracks, creating a beautiful pink mineral. In Argentina, Rhodochrosite forms as stalagmites in silver mines!

Rhodochrosite mine

Rhodochrosite Stalactites, Argentina

Mining: Typically mined from the primary deposits which still have their original relationship with the host rock.

Enhancements: All Rhodochrosites are natural, enhanced only by tumbling, cutting, and polishing.

Synonyms: Manganese Spar, Raspberry Spar, Rosa del Inca, Inca Rose, Rosinca

Map courtesy of TravelBlog
Photos: Raw Rhodochrosite, Rhodochrosite Stalctites

History of Rhodochrosite

Rhodochrosite is a relatively “new” healing stone whose healing properties have only recently begun to be explored. It was first documented in 1813 in the silver mines of Romania. It was named after the Greek word rhodokhros, or rose-colored. Rhodochrosite is the national gemstone of Argentina and the state mineral of Colorado.

Ethically Sourced Rhodocrosite


The Miners sell directly to the Lapidary.

The Lapidary sells directly to Moonrise Crystals.

Moonrise Crystals sells directly to you.







The Supply Chain

The Supply Chain is clean and short.

The Mine and the Lapidary are located in neighboring countries, but there are no middlemen involved.



The Mine

This Rhodochrosite comes from the Uchucchacua Mine in Peru 

It is an industrial “cut and fill” Silver mine which is better for the environment. 

It would have relatively safe conditions for miners

Learn More: Ethical Mining



The Lapidary

This Rhodochrosite was polished in Cape Town, South Africa.

The Lapidary is a family-owned business, founded by father and passed on to his sons.

Factory workers have safe conditions and are paid fairly.

The Lapidary is also the direct-importer & sells primarily at large gem shows.

Learn More: Ethical Lapidary


Sourcing Relationship

I have been doing business with this source since 2014.  They are the oldest tumbling company in the world and have more varieties, in more sizes, than any other known source.  The company started in California in the 1950s and was eventually bought by a British immigrant who had young sons.  Eventually the company moved to South Africa in order to be closer to the source of their best-selling stone and to have the legal rights to export it.  The company is now run by the sons and their childhood best friend.

The current owners visit many small and industrial-size mines personally.  For artisanal-mined deposits in sub-Sahara Africa, the owners work with Gem Dealers who deal directly with the part-time miners.  The majority of these Gem Dealers are women.  Some, but not all, of their stones are labeled with country-of-origin.  For those that aren’t, I ask the owners directly.  As I’ve learned more about mining practices in individual countries, I have become increasingly selective about what I will purchase from them.  However, they remain my preferred source for most of the stones I sell from sub-Sahara Africa.

Safe Handling of Rhodochrosite


What You’ll Receive: A 100% natural Rhodochrosite

Selection Process: The stone I select for you will be carefully chosen for its beauty and appeal.  If combined with other stones, I always take time to choose stones that look and feel good together.

Origin: Peru

Polishing Method: Drum polished. Each stone is unique and minor variations are what makes them beautiful.


  • Color: Dark pink, may have white banding or minor black inclusions
  • Polish: Shiny and smooth
  • Quality: AAA
  • Shape: Irregular rounded
  • Size: Average size is 1 in / 25mm
  • Transparency: Translucent to Opaque
  • Weight: Average weight is 0.5 oz / 14 g / 75 carats

Shipping: Next business day – Domestic First Class averages 3-7 days.  International First Class averages 2-3 weeks.


  1. Janet B. (California)

    We just received the stones. You did a great job picking them out. We love them and already feel the energy from them. We will definitely come back for more.

  2. Jane H. (Virginia)

    What a beautiful, special package I just opened! Thank you so much, they are PERFECT!!! ❤

  3. Eryn S. (Washington)

    thank you for all the beautiful crystals, they all connected with me in some way and they all truly do look so nice together as well. It makes me really relieved knowing the ethical practices you hold as well because I feel that makes the crystals so much more positive and the energy seems so pure.

  4. Eryn S. (Washington)

    thank you for all the beautiful crystals, they all connected with me in some way and they all truly do look so nice together as well. It makes me really relieved knowing the ethical practices you hold as well because I feel that makes the crystals so much more positive and the energy seems so pure.

  5. Ava W. (New York)

    Thank you for the lovely package which just arrived at my desk. All of the gifts (pen, bag, card and, of course, the tea) were unexpected, but greatly appreciated.

  6. Luke S. (Florida)

    The rhodochrosite is beautiful! i also had the tea this morning, it was amazing!

  7. deannasava

    I received a gorgeous Gem Rhodochrosite with a beautiful energy. I’ve always been happy with all of the stones Julie has chosen for me over the years and can’t say enough good things about Julie. I highly recommend Moonrise Crystals.

  8. Randy C. (California)

    Smooth transaction. Quick shipping.

  9. Jennifer S. (Colorado)

    I received the crystals safe and sound, and of course, I love them! The rhodochrosite is huge ans has a wonderful deep rose coloration! It captures light internally in such a beautiful way!

  10. Kate F. (Georgia)

    Fast shipping and beautiful stone. Thank you 🙂

  11. Regina V. (Florida)

    Love this seller. She has the best energy stones. Love the info card & tea

  12. Adrienne K. (California)

    Julie went above and beyond to help me choose the right crystals. The quality of the stones is impeccable! Highly recommend!

  13. Patti N. (Texas)

    Thank you Julie—it’s a beautiful and peaceful stone. I love it! Very pretty.

  14. Brenna A. (Texas)

    I absolutely love my rhodochrosite! It is a good sized stone for a very reasonable price and has a good energy. I also love how the shop owner took the time to ask me what my reason for buying the stone was. It made it so much more personal! It also made me feel confident that I was not going to be buying something infused with all sorts of weird energy. Will definitely be purchasing from this shop in the future. Thanks!

  15. Amy B. (Arizona)

    Gorgeous Rhodochrosite, my only problem is…..I need more! Lol. Will be placing another order very soon. This stone is too gorgeous to sit alone. Thank you for the speedy delivery and your great customer service! Blessings! Amy B

  16. Saraya T. (Indiana)

    I just received today. Beautiful, absolutely beautiful. Thank you so much!

  17. Rubber J. (Australia)

    Awesome! Wonderful seller and great product! Thank you!

  18. Kenzi G. (Washington)

    Placed a large order for tumbled stones that I planned to include with handmade Christmas gifts. Julie sent me the sweetest message after I had placed my order. I received them very quickly and upon opening the parcel I could tell they were all chosen and packaged with care. Each stone was lovely and felt great to hold. Julie is magnificent and I will definitely turn here first for any future purposes!

  19. Brenna D. (Washington)

    Such a pretty stone! Used it after a good cleanse and charge very day I received it!

  20. Jamia F. (Maryland)

    Happy Happy! Joy Joy! Thanks so much!

  21. Maren S, (Virginia)

    Happy healing stone, as always artfully selected with great care, thanks, dear Julie!

  22. Jesus Y. (Texas)

    everything is good

  23. Stella C. (North Carolina)

    Smooth, beautiful, and large! Just about the right size and color!

  24. Kayla G. (Virginia)

    Awesome seller! Gave great advice, overall fantastic experience!

  25. Elaina C. (Washington)

    The stone is exceptionally lovely as always from this seller.

  26. Jamie R. (Illinois)

    Great stone! Love this crystal store!

  27. Cherlyn D. (Singapore)

    Beautiful and loving stone!! Thank you!

  28. Jet P. (Maryland)

    very nice size and great shipping time!

  29. Kelly W. (Minnesota)

    Lovely pink stones. Happy with the size, ship time. 🙂

  30. RW S. (Oregon)

    AWESOME seller and very fast shipping! Thank you!!!!

  31. Angelina B. (Minnesota)

    Thank you for all of your help!

  32. Elizabeth F. (Washington)

    All my stones came packaged very nicely and they are beautiful. Thanks!

  33. Marguerite H. (Washington)

    As advertised! A+++++

  34. Gail R. (South Dakota)

    fast delivery, good packaging, items as described, will buy from this website again

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