Rhodonite

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RHOD3Rhodonite is a manganese metasilicate mineral and takes it’s name from the Greek rhodos, meaning ‘rose-red’ which is this minerals typical colour.  Rhodonite was discovered in 1819 in the Kaizer Franz Mine in Germany. It was used in Russia during the 19th century to make service platters and gifts for royal weddings.rhodonite-plate-carvings-fancy-base-11

Rhodonite often has black manganese oxide veins running through a specimen, giving it the distinct appearance of pink with black crisscrossing lines and flower-like formations CA-BER-RH-NA-001throughout and many carvers and jewellery makers prefer this (I do! That’s why pieces of my jewellery feature here!).

Rhodonite is an emotional balancer that nurtures love and has the ability to show both sides of an issue.  Rhodonite is said to heal emotional shock and panic and is extremely beneficial in cases of emotional self-destruction, codependency and abuse.

Rhodonite clears away emotional wounds and scars from the past.  This stone has a strong resonance with forgiveness and assists in reconciliation   TRHOD1With its ability to promote unselfish self-love and forgiveness, it helps in taking back projections that blame the partner for what is really inside the self.  As a crystal of gentle love, wear Rhodonite jewellery after a break up to learn to love yourself and value your own company.

R3Rhodonite is a useful stone to turn back insults and to prevent retaliation.  It recognizes that revenge is self-destructive and promotes remaining calm in dangerous or upsetting situations.

Rhodonite is said to be useful for insect bites and stings and allergic reactions caused by them.  Also for cuts, wounds and ulcers.

Structure: Triclinic

Composition: Manganese silicate

Hardness: 6

Zodiac: Aries

Birthstone: April

Chakra: Heart

Sources: Spain, Russia, Sweden, Germany, Mexico, Brazil

Empowerment: Love is stronger than anger.

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