Rhodochrosite (whose name means rose-colored from the Greek rhodon -"rose" and chroma - "color") is a very attractive mineral with an absolutely one-of-a-kind, beautiful color. Although it can be an ore of manganese, it is its ornamental and display specimen qualities that make it a very popular mineral. The color of a single crystal can just astound the observer with its vivid pink-rose color that seems to be transmitted out of the crystal as if lit from within.
Rhodochrosite (Manganese Spar) is found in a number of locations worldwide. For several years now the Sweet Home Mine in Alma and the Sunnyside Mine in Silverton, Colorado has been mined exclusively for Rhodochrosite specimens. The Hotazel Mine in South Africa is famous for producing deep red clusters of Rhodochrosite crystals. However the most famous mines are in the provinces of Catamarca and La Rioja, Argentina. The mines there produce an attractive pink- and red-banded Rhodochrosite. The variety is sometimes called Inca Rose and is valued as an ornamental stone.
With its famous rose color, Rhodochrosite jewelry is truly beautiful and unique.
The rhodochrosite crystal must be one of the most emotionally rewarding crystals out there. It bestows a positive, enthusiastic attitude towards life, injecting joie de vivre and stimulating an all-encompassing love.
Rhodochrosite is also known for its sexual properties. It encourages liveliness, eroticism and spontaneous expressions of feeling. It can also stimulate the sexual organs of reproduction.
The rhodochrosite crystal also makes the blood vessels more elastic, thus helps with migraines and joint pains.