Rhodonite Heart (Peru)
Nurture feelings of love and brotherhood.
Ground and revitalize your energy fields.
Heal emotional shock, wounds, and scars.
Move forward with compassion and strength.
Let Rhodonite bring you deep emotional peace!
Healing Properties of Rhodonite
Spiritual: Rhodonite is a fantastic stone for helping us explore our life’s purpose. It is a heart-centered stone which encourages us to live in balance both internally and externally. It shows us how we can use our unique gifts for our Highest Good as well as for the betterment of all mankind, or even all of life. Rhodonite enhances meditation, praye,r and dream-work; helping us to better understand the messages they bring. It is a stone that celebrates family, friendship, romance, and self-love as the cornerstones of a happy life. Rhodonite is attuned to the Root and Heart Chakras and linked to the astrological sign of Taurus. It is connected to the elements of Earth and Fire and vibrates to the number 9.
Emotional: Rhodonite is possibly the very best emotional healer in the crystal kingdom. It can help us to heal recent emotional wounds as well as old emotional scars from the past. Rhodonite is a powerful love stone, guiding us to a place where we can forgive ourselves and others, and return to that calm and happy place inside ourselves. It is particularly helpful for exploring questions of self-worth and confidence. Rhodonite’s gift is to help us to bring more love into the world, both love that is given give and that which we receive.
Mental: Rhodonite invites us to live and think from a heart-centered position. It helps us to understand both sides of any issue and to be magnanimous in our judgments. Rhodonite encourages us to be generous, and to attract those people who can best help us or whom we can best help. It reduces the effects of anxiety and depression, and shows us the silver lining in otherwise dark clouds. Rhodonite helps us to keep a cool head, especially when we find ourselves under pressure or in danger. It promotes positive and creative thinking.
Physical: Rhodonite is commonly used by metaphysical healers for treating trauma and shock, and to heal open wounds. It is also said to be good for healing the physical heart in particular and injured internal organs in general. Rhodonite is also believed to be an excellent support for weight loss, by stimulating the metabolism and encouraging us to exercise on a regular basis.
Always use wisdom when considering crystal therapies for healing.
Mineralogy of Rhodonite
Mineral Family: Single-Chain Inosilicates
Chemical Composition: (CaMg)(Mn2+, Fe2+)4 [Si5 O 15]
Color: Reddish-pink – may have black manganese inclusions
Crystal System: Triclinic
Fracture: Uneven, conchoidal
Luminescence: Red (long wave)
Transparency: Transparent to opaque
Location: Rhodonite deposits are found in Australia, Canada, Finland, Japan, Madagascar, Mexico, Peru, Russia, Sweden, South Africa, Tanzania, and the United States (New Jersey).
Mineral Family: Rhodonite is a rare type of manganese silicate. Silicate minerals form the largest family of minerals, including more than 25% of all known minerals and 40% of all common minerals. In addition to being a major part of the Earth’s crust, Silicate minerals have also been found on the moon and in meteorites. Silicates are minerals which contain the elements Silicon (a light gray shiny metal) and Oxygen (a colorless gas). Together, these two elements form a tetrahedron – a shape similar to a pyramid – with a Silicon atom in the center and Oxygen atoms at each of the four corners. These tetrahedra connect with other chemical structures, in six different ways, to form various minerals and rocks. One way the tetrahedra can connect is in long single chains, and it is to this group that Rhodonite belongs. Other famous minerals in the single-chain group are Astrophyllite, Jadite, Kunzite and Nuumite.
Formation: Rhodonite is formed during the metamorphosis of sedimentary manganese ore deposits, a process which creates the rose color. If the rose colored stone is then partially oxidized through weathering it creates black patches and veins of manganese dioxide.
Mining: Typically mined in various manganese ores, often in association with Rhodochrosite. Depending on the quality it may be mined specifically as a gem or ornamental stone.
Enhancements: All available Rhodonite are natural, enhanced only by tumbling, cutting, and polishing.
History of Rhodonite
Rhodonite was “discovered” relatively recently by the metaphysical community and so it was not included in any early lapidaries, texts that describe gemstones and their powers. Despite being a very pretty and easily recognizable stone, it has very little history attached to it.
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 (see Madagascar Rhodonite) to dusky pink, like these ones from Peru.
Photos: Pink Rose
Ethically Sourced Rhodonite
The Miners tumble and polish their own stock.
The Miners sells directly to Moonrise Crystals.
Moonrise Crystals sells directly to you.
The Supply Chain
The Supply Chain is exceptionally short and clean.
The Mine and Lapidary are located in the same country.
The Mine and Lapidary are owned by the same family.
This Rhodonite comes from a small family-owned mine in southern Peru.
It causes only minor environmental damage and has safe conditions for workers.
Learn More: Ethical Mining
This Rhodonite was polished in Lima, Peru.
The business is owned by a pair of brothers, one manages the mine, while the other manages the lapidary.
Factory workers have safe conditions and are paid fairly.
The business is also the direct-importer & sells exclusively at large gem shows.
Learn More: Ethical Lapidary
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.
Safe Handling of Rhodonite
Color: Mostly pink, with gray, white and yellow inclusions. This is a 100% natural stone, so minor variations are part of their unique beauty.
Size: Varies, each is at least 2 x 2 x 1 inch
Weight: Varies, each is at least 4.5
Shipping: Next business day – Domestic First Class averages 3-7 days. International First Class averages 2-3 weeks.
More Information: Explore Rhodonite’s mineralogy and history