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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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.

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.

Ethically Sourced Rhodochrosite

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Sourcing Relationship

I first met the owner of the mine and lapidary in 2014 at the Gem and Mineral Show in Tucson, Arizona.  At that time, he was set up with a single table and the only major Gem Show he attended was in Tucson.  While most lapidaries sell their tumbled stone in pre-packaged bags by the pound or kilo, this seller allowed me to cherry pick through his stock and buy only the best.  Since then, his spot in Tucson has expanded to four tables under a tent and he now sells at two of the major European shows.  It has been fun to watch our businesses grow.     

In 2018, I asked the owner if he would be willing to help connect me with a rural school in Peru near his mine.  I told him that I wanted to “give back” to the communities that provided these beautiful crystals.  He was pleased by my request and later that year introduced me to the principle of a suitable Peruvian school.  We hope to begin supporting this school in the 2019-2020 school year.

Rhodochrosite Tumbled Stone

Color: Pale pink, may have some minor white and/or black inclusions. This is a 100% natural stone, so minor variations are part of their unique beauty

Size: 1 inch, or a little bit bigger

Weight: 1 oz

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

Supply Chain: Traveling Earth to Pocket, this stone would have traded hands only three times.

The mine and tumbler are a single company.  They sell directly to Moonrise Crystals.  Moonrise Crystals sells directly to you.

Safe Handling of Rhodochrosite

Cleaning Healing Crystals

There are many ways to cleanse, charge, and set intentions with crystals.

Before cleaning your healing crystals, always consider the geology of each stone.  Some stones are sensitive to water and/or sunlight.  Best Practice is to keep your stones out of direct sunlight when you’re not working with them, simply because the sunlight will fade the crystal’s color over time.  This is especially true for transparent and translucent gems.  Remember crystals grow underground where it’s nice and dark!  Stones that are formed in dry desert conditions may be harmed by immersion in water.  This is especially true for fragile and porous stones.

One of the easiest and most effective way to energetically clean crystals is to smudge them with smoke from plants like sage, juniper, cedar, lavender, tobacco, etc.  Each plant has its own unique smell and spiritual property.  Moonrise Crystals smudges with white mountain sage (for cleansing) and sweet grass (for kindness) before the crystals are sent to their forever home with you.

Other common ways to energetically clean healing crystals are to set stones near a piece of Carnelian, Citrine, Kyanite, Selenite or other stones that are energy purifiers.  Be sure to pamper the purifying stones regularly so that they can continue to do their job properly.  Citrine and Kyanite are self-cleansers that don’t “need” extra care.  But they will love getting extra attention from you!

If a stone is doing a lot of heavy energetic work, one of the best ways to restore its energy reserves is to allow it to rest on the earth, next to a plant.  A potted plant inside the house works just fine.  Let the crystal rest overnight or longer, until its energy feels bright and sparkly again.

Charging and Setting Intentions with Healing Crystals

There is no right/wrong way to charge and set intentions.  But here’s a few ways that it’s done at Moonrise Crystals.

Cleanse the crystals and yourself.  It is good to take the time to physically clean stones before doing spiritual work.  It sets a tone of purity, respect, and reverence.  Hold the crystals or be near them.  Sing or talk to the stones.  Tell them about yourself and what you are working on.  Ask them for their help.  You don’t need to use any special words, simply speak from the heart.  Treat the crystals like your best friends and closest allies.    They want to help you.

If you feel shy or awkward, you can also write your message on a piece of paper and set the stones on top of it.  Music, including singing bowls, can also be used.  The most important thing is simply to be present with the stones and focused on setting the intention.

This can be done at any time, day or night.  However, nighttime is often a particularly good time for setting intentions.  Take the crystals outside, if possible.  You can talk to your crystals outside, or you may just want to sit near them and meditate or pray.

  • During the Full Moon, energy is amplified.  It is also a wonderful time to celebrate in the bright light when your intentions are already going well and you want to keep the trend going.
  • The New Moon is a time for new beginnings. The darkness is like planting a seed underground.  It will grow up into the Light.
  • Eclipses, meteorite showers, and other astronomical events will add their own unique energy.
  • Knowing where the moon is astrologically, can also add a fun element to intention setting.  The moon changes signs every 2-3 days.


  1. Simeon S. (Nebraska)

    Beautiful crystals. Fast shipping. As always, it’s a pleasure doing business with Julie. Thank you for everything including the lovely gift of tea and the great communication. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  2. Jaron H. (Washington)

    Beautiful high vibrational stone. I’m going to be honest, I was concerned about the prices being too high. Yes you can get cheaper stones elsewhere . You DO get what you pay for . The prices are worth the clean vibrations , fast shipping and exceptional stones . This is my fourth stone. I was so impressed that I ordered two more stones.

  3. Estelle V. (France)

    Julie’s stones always feel great, in addition to their quality and beauty, and this one seems to say “take me with you and let me wash those useless pains away” 🙂

  4. Norman A. (Kentucky)

    I always love shopping here, beautiful crystals and best service, nice seller!!!

  5. Jason D. (Canada)


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