Published July 2014  •  Updated March 2024  •  Read Time: 4 minutes
Rhodochrosite is a powerful stone for love and healing.  It is a pink carbonite mineral that is found primarily along the Pacific coastline of North and South America.  It is the national gemstone of Argentina.  Rhodochrosite is sometimes confused with Rhodonite, another pink mineral with a similar name.  While both are love stones, Rhodochrosite has a distinctively light-hearted energy.  It is a stone of true love that attracts our soul mates to us.  It can also help us to heal a broken heart if we’ve given our love and trust to the wrong person.  Rhodochrosite evokes the Goddess and invites us to ask ourselves “what would love do?”


Rhodochrosite Meaning

Spiritual Healing Properties

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.

Metaphysical Properties Rhodochrosite
Chakra Solar Plexus and Heart
Element Fire and Water
Numerology 4
Zodiac Leo and Scorpio

Emotional Healing Properties

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, its 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 Healing Properties

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 Healing Properties

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.

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Rhodochrosite Mineralogy

Where does Rhodochrosite come from?

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

Mining and Treatments

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

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

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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.

Rhodocrosite’s energy works well with its family – other Carbonite minerals.  Try it in combination with Aragonite, Azurite, Calcite, Magnesite, Malachite, and Stichtite

Rhodochrosite Formation and Crystal Associates

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’s energy works well with its “friends” – crystal associates formed in the same geological environment.  Try it in combination with Barite and Fluorite

Mineralogy Rhodochrosite
Chemical Formula Mn{CO3}
Cleavage Perfect
Color Rose-red to yellowish, striped
Crystal System Hexagonal/trigonal
Form/Habit Rhombohedral
Fracture Uneven, conchoidal
Hardness – Mohs Scale 4
Luminescence Red (long and short wave)
Luster Vitreous (glassy)
Mineral Family Carbonites
Specific Gravity 3.45-3.7
Streak White
Transparency Transparent to opaque

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.

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