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Rhodochrosite History, Lore, Facts, Myths and Pictures


The pink color of rhodochrosite is caused by the element manganese and it is formed when manganese is dissolved by ground water and combines with a carbonate material and then drips off the ceiling of caves and crevices deep underground.  It is found in Argentina, Peru, and Montana, U.S.

It is commonly found in the form of stalactites and stalagmites in the caves of Argentina.   Rhodochrosite (whose name means rose-colored) often  forms pink and white bands. It is often carved into figurines and the tubular stalactitic forms are often sliced for use in jewelry. Fine gem quality crystals are sometimes cut into gemstones for use in high end jewelry, but the more common grade is used extensively in silver and gold jewelry.


Its powers include drawing love to the wearer, helps release past psychological issues and improves eyesight.



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Rhodochrosite Jewelry and Cabochons

Jewelry made with rhodochrosite. A selection of freeform cabochons and rough available for my jewelry designs.





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