Rhodochrosite is a beautiful red to pink gemstone!
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Top quality rhodochrosite rough - before cutting and polishing
Rhodochrosite is a soft gem mineral in the manganese family. It is generally pink, but depending on the quality, it can have very attractive white band patterns.
Rhodochrosite is used mainly as a carving material. It takes a high polish, but is easily chipped or scratched, so care should be taken when wearing jewelry containing this lovely stone. Because it is so soft, care should be taken not to scratch or chip this stone during wear or handling. It is better suited for pendants and earrings than it is for rings or bracelets, which show wear more easily.
The best rhodochrosite is found in Argentina. Top quality material is a vivid, deep pink color with a fine microcrystalline structure.
Many people believe rhodochrosite is a very spiritual stone, that can bring a better understanding of one's inner self, as well as kindness, compassion and friendship toward other people.
Rhodochrosite Care Tips
Do not use harsh cleaning fluids
or polishes on this stone, as it can be stained by colored liquids
or it could even be partially dissolved, ruining a finely polished surface.
Ultrasonic or steam cleaning is definitely not recommended. This stone will probably break under the stress.
A soft toothbrush with warm water and a small amount of mild dishwashing detergent are generally okay, followed by a final polish with a soft jewelry polishing cloth when completely dry.
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