Rhodonite was “discovered” relatively recently by the metaphysical community and so was not included in any early texts that describe gemstones and their powers. Despite being a very pretty and easily recognizable stone, there is little history attached to it. Rhodonite generally grows as a compact massive stone, but can on rare occasions form tabular crystals. When found underground it is usually pink. If it is found on the surface of the earth, it is often brown because of oxidation.
The name Rhodonite comes from the Greek word rhodon, or rose. This is a reference to its beautiful pink coloring, which can range from hot pink to pale pink. The precise shade of pink is often helpful for identifying the mining deposit. For example, Rhodonite that is hot pink with bold black inclusions, is often from Madagascar. Rhodonite from Canada, by contrast, is a pastel pink with pale green inclusions. Rhodonite is the official gemstone of Massachusetts, on the USA east coast. These Rhodonites tend to be a sweet bubblegum pink.