February Crystal of the Month, Rose Rhodonite

Rhodonite: Description, Uses & Properties

Rhodonite is a delightful and soothing stone associated with peace and healthy love. This gemstone is valued for its beauty, energy and the emotional healing associated to it. Rhodonite is a pink manganese silicate mineral often containing magnesium, iron and calcium. Its name came from the Greek word “rhodon” meaning “rose colored” making reference to its pink hue. It is also known as Manganolite and Manganese Spar.

Rhodonite’s color ranges from rose pink to bright red with black dendritic inclusions. It can be transparent to opaque, but transparent specimens are rare. Rhodonite is loved by gem collectors, jewelry designers and crystal lovers. It is often seen in necklaces, earrings, pendants, cabochons, tumbled stones and more. Rhodonite is also a popular ornamental stone. It decorates the columns of the Mayakovskaya Station and the Moscow Metro in Russia.

Rhodonite also displays its charm in other important places as the Winter Palace and the Church of the Saviour. In 1979, Massachusettes designated Rhodonite as its official state gemstone. According to the ancient tradittional Hindu beliefs, this rose stone is related to the Heart Chakra, the energy center of our body associated to love, relationships, compassion and emotional healing. Rhodonite deposits can be found in Canada, Russia, Argentina, Australia, United States, England, India, Brazil, Peru and Sweden.

Rhodonite Uses and Properties

As Birthstone Rhodonite is not considered a traditional or modern birthstone. However, it is associated with the zodiac signs of Taurus and Gemini.

Chakra Healing Rhodonite's pink color connects with the Heart Chakra. This stone opens the heart and can help to release blocked energy, bringing emotional and psychic healing. When a Rhodonite stone has darker inclusions, it also connects with the Root Chakra, favoring security and confidence in life.

Physical Healing Properties Rhodonite is recognized as a positive stone for treating skin problems and for healing cuts and scars. It can also help to reduce inflammation. Due to its deep connection to the Heart Chakra, Rhodonite is considered beneficial to the proper functioning of the heart and for helping with physical ailments related to the lungs. Some crystal and holistic healers find Rhodonite useful for treating stomach issues and promoting a good digestion. In addition, it is also known for being beneficial to the endocrine and circulatory systems.

Rhodonite can help to achieve emotional balance and harmony, allowing to control stress and anxiety. It is also used to promote a restful sleep. If you suffer from any physical pain, emotional problem or any other ailment, please consult a qualified doctor so they can provide you an appropriate treatment. Crystals are an energetic support but they are never a substitute for medical advice.

Mental & Emotional Healing Properties Its beautiful pink color is seen as a symbol of love and the healing power of the heart. Rhodonite is known for its ability to stimulate, heal and activate the Heart Chakra. This rose gemstone can help to overcome emotional wounds, shocks, panic, past traumas and relationship issues. Rhodonite can bring hope and emotional support to broken hearts.

This peaceful heart healer helps to clear confusion. It promotes order and calming energies to chaotic situations. Rhodonite is also used to dissolve envy, jealousy and anger, favoring balance and stability in life. This soothing stone can be helpful to release behaviors or thought patterns that no longer serve you. Rhodonite can assist you to overcome fears and to release negative energy and emotions that have been holding you back.

This is a stone of transformation and positive changes. If you want to release or forgive an experience or a person, Rhodonite is a wonderful gem for this process. It can help to establish a positive relationship with yourself and others. It is associated with mental clarity, acceptance and unconditional love. Rhodonite can also improve self-love, self-esteem, creativity and confidence. It can guide you to make the right decisions as it promotes focus, understanding and serenity. The rose stone is positive for meditation and aids you to achieve your greatest potential. Rhodonite helps to establish a deep connection with your higher self and spiritual realms so you can discover your divine purpose in life. Rhodonite is an excellent gemstone to make your dreams come true and manifest your highest intentions and goals.

How to use Rhodonite To receive Rhodonite’s benefits, place it where you feel most appropriate in your body. To comfort your heart, Chakra healing and bringing peace to troubled emotions, place it on your chest. Rhodonite necklaces are a wonderful option to keep its energy near the Heart Chakra. However, other jewels are also a good to feel surrounded by its soothing and loving energy. During meditative practices, hold a Rhodonite in your hand to feel serenity and peace. Place it at home for a loving environment and for balancing the Yin - Yang energies.

How to care for Rhodonite Rhodonite can be cleansed with warm, soapy water. Just place the gem under running water for a few seconds. If needed, you can also gently clean it with an old nail brush before rinsing and patting it dry with a soft cloth. Do not use any harsh chemicals, ultrasonic cleaners or steamers to clean it.

It is recommended to take off your Rhodonite during any ac;vity where impacts might occur, as sports, exercising and some household chores as dishwashing. Rhodonite has a hardness of 5.5 to 6.5 on the Mohs scale. It might reduce its polish and scratch in contact with some jewelry, objects or other gemstones with similar or greater hardness. Store it separately from other gems. You can use a soft cloth for wrapping the stone for extra protection.

Are you ready to feel Rhodonite's nurturing energy? 

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