About Rhodonite

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


Mineralogy and Geology of Rhodonite

Mineral formula: CaMn3Mn[Si5O15]

Grouping: a silicate of the Rhodonite Group

Crystal system: triclinic

Crystal habit: typically tabular, rough

Cleavage: perfect on {110} and {110}; good on {001}

Fracture: irregular, uneven, conchoidal

Color: red, pink, brownish-red, gray

Luster: vitreous, pearly

Diaphaneity: transparent, translucent

Moh’s scale hardness: 5 ½ - 6 ½

Streak: white

Specific gravity: 3.57 – 3.76

Named after:  its color, from the Greek ρόδον, "rose," in 1819 by Christoph Friedrich Jasche.

Type Locality: Kaiser Franz Mine, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany


Geological occurrence: Manganese deposits formed by hydrothermal, contact or regional metamorphic, and sedimentary processes. 


Spiritual, Metaphysical and Healing Properties

Rhodonite has been called a “stone of love,” energizing and activating the heart chakra and bringing the energy of unconditional love to the physical plane. It also assists in grounding at the same time as clearing and activating the heart chakra. It is held to assist in attainment of one’s greatest potential, dispelling anxiety. Overall rhodonite is thought to promote calm assurance with its balancing energies.

According to Judy Hall (see below), rhodonite offers the power of emotional balance.

Common Associations

  • Chakra – heart chakra.
  • Numerology –vibrates to the number 9.
  • Zodiac – Taurus
  • 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.