Metaphysic of Rhodonite, Physical properties of Rhodonite

Rhodonite Polished One Face 1LB
Rhodonite is a manganese inosilicate, (Mn, Fe, Mg, Ca)SiO3 and member of the pyroxenoid group of minerals, crystallizing in the triclinic system. It commonly occurs as cleavable to compact masses with a rose-red color (the name comes from the Greek ῥόδος rhodos, rosy), often tending to brown because of surface oxidation.

Rhodonite crystals often have a thick tabular habit, but are rare. It has a perfect, prismatic cleavage, almost at right angles. The hardness is 5.5–6.5, and the specific gravity 3.4–3.7; luster is vitreous, being less frequently pearly on cleavage surfaces. The manganese is often partly replaced by iron, magnesium, calcium, and sometimes zinc which may sometimes be present in considerable amounts; a greyish-brown variety containing as much as 20% of calcium oxide is called bustamite; fowlerite is a zinciferous variety containing 7% of zinc oxide.

The inosilicate (chain silicate) structure of rhodonite has a repeat unit of five silica tetrahedra. The rare polymorph pyroxmangite, formed at different conditions of pressure and temperature, has the same chemical composition but a repeat unit of seven tetrahedra.

Rhodonite has also been worked as an ornamental stone. In the iron and manganese mines at Pajsberg near Filipstad and Långban in Värmland, Sweden, small brilliant and translucent crystals (pajsbergite) and cleavage masses occur. Fowlerite occurs as large, rough crystals, somewhat resembling pink feldspar, with franklinite and zinc ores in granular limestone at Franklin Furnace in New Jersey.

Rhodonite is the official gem of Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Physical Properties of Rhodonite:

Category: Silicate mineral
Chemical formula: (Mn2+,Fe2+,Mg,Ca)SiO3
Strunz classification: 09.DK.05
Dana classification:
Color: Rose-pink to brownish red, gray, or yellow
Crystal habit: Tabular crystals, massive, granular
Crystal system: Triclinic - Pinacoidal H-M Symbol (1) Space Group: P1
Twinning: Lamellar, composition plane {010}
Cleavage: Perfect on {110} and {110}, (110) ^ (110) = 92.5°; good on {001}
Fracture: Conchoidal to uneven
Mohs scale hardness: 5.5 - 6.5
Luster: Vitreous to pearly
Streak: White
Diaphaneity: Transparent to translucent
Specific gravity: 3.57 - 3.76
Optical properties: Biaxial (+)
Refractive index: ná = 1.711 - 1.738 nâ = 1.714 - 1.741 nã = 1.724 - 1.751
Birefringence: ä = 0.013
Pleochroism: Weak
2V angle: Measured: 58° to 73°, Calculated: 58°
Alters to: Exterior commonly black from manganese oxides
Location: Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Madagascar, Mexico, Namibia, Peru, Russia, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, USA
Rarity: Common
Fun Fact: Can't tell Rhodochrosite and Rhodonite apart? Look for the black lines or "roads" in Rhodonite as opposed to the creamy loops and swirls in Rhodochrosite.

Metaphysical guide of Rhodonite:

Primary Chakra: Root, Heart, Higher Heart
Astrological sign(s): Taurus
Vibration: Number 9
Love of Self/Others, Vitality, Support

Rhodonite helps to balance the emotions and calm impatience. Rhodonite is a very supportive stone that works with the Heart Chakra to attract love and ground negative energies. Rhodonite allows one to see areas in their life that can be improved on without getting down on, criticizing or judging oneself.

Like Rhodochrosite, Rhodonite is often used for rediscovering one's inner gifts, as well as for bringing much-needed love into the world. Rhodonite can also help one to remember their soul-purpose of incarnation, and facilitate living from the heart. This lovely stone also helps one to remember that the best rewards come from serving the highest good. Carrying Tumbled Rhodonite to help provide support to the Higher Heart Chakra, which in turn will promote the service of the Spirit.

Rhodonite can assist one in discovering one's true passion, and learning brand new skills to enhance that passion, if necessary. Rhodonite encourages people to find ways to be of service to humanity and helps to draw in synchronicities related to this goal. Rhodonite can enhance power in those who have truly altruistic intentions.

Rhodonite is a Heart and Root Chakra stone that helps one to process energies in these areas more efficiently. Use Rhodonite as a stone of power, to bring strength and vitality to the body and spirit so they can support higher vibrations needed for personal evolution.
Physically, Rhodonite is believed to support detoxification and healing of the organs, especially the liver. Rhodonite is a good stone to help healing ailments of the heart, lungs, an nervous system, and is also used to reduce swelling and inflammation. Tumbled Rhodonite can also be used to stimulate the metabolism. Use Rhodonite when feeling panicked and/or anxious.