About Rhodochrosite

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  • Mineralogy and geology*
  • Metaphysical, Spiritual and Healing** Properties***
  • Common Associations

Mineralogy and Geology of Rhodochrosite

Mineral formula: MnCO3

Grouping: A member of the calcite group.

Crystal system: trigonal

Crystal habit: rhombohedral, frequently rounded and composite; scalenohedral crystals are rare. Also occurs as massive, coarsely granular, compact, columnar or in crusts; and as stalactitic (with zoned growth rings); and botryoidal forms.

Cleavage: perfect on {1011}

Fracture: irregular, uneven, conchoidal

Color: pale to deep red pink

Luster: vitreous, pearly

Diaphaneity: transparent to translucent

Moh’s scale hardness: 3 ½ - 4

Specific gravity: 3.7

Named after: its pink color from the Greek ρόδο, "rose", and χρώς, "coloring", in 1813 by Johann Friedrich Ludwig Hausmann.

Type locality: Cavnic Mine, Cavnic, Romania

Geological occurrence: Occurs in low to moderate temperature hydrothermal veins, metamorphic deposits, carbonatites, and in sedimentary deposits.


Spiritual, Metaphysical and Healing Properties

Rhodochrosite is one of the most powerful stones of love and balance, enabling one to enter new world’s of possibility based on love. It is considered to be a stone of Earth healing, reaffirming that taking responsibility for the welfare of Earth can be a joy. It is held to energize and purify various chakras so that they may be in better harmony with the heart chakra, seat of the soul. Rhodochrosite can work quickly to balance emotions in harmony with the mind and body. It has a forward-moving energy that can help to accept changes and integrate new information.

According to Judy Hall (see below), rhodochrosite offers the power of a compassionate heart.

Common Associations

  • Chakra – pink to red varieties relate to the heart chakra
  • Numerology - vibrates to the number 4
  • Zodiac – Scorpio, Leo
  • Birthstone – no traditional associations
  • Wedding Anniversary – no traditional associations


* Mineralogical information is from mindat.org

** Always consult with your medical professional for any physical or long-term healing issues.

*** Metaphysical properties come from: 

Love Is in the Earth (1995) Melody, Earth-Love Publishing House, 726 pp.

The Crystal Bible, A Definitive Guide to Crystals (2003) Judy Hall, Walking Stick Press, 399 pp.

Crystal Muse (2017) Heather Askinosie and Timmi Jandro, Hay House, 285 pp.

Crystal Gridwork (2018) Kiera Fogg, Weiser Books, 128 pp.