RHODONITE is a pink manganese silicate of variable composition that often contains iron, magnesium, and calcium. Its general chemical composition is (Mn,Fe,Mg,Ca)SiO3. Rhodonite is associated with black manganese oxides which often occur within the specimen. It rates a 5.5 – 6 on the Mohs Hardness Scale. It is mined in Australia, Brazil, Canada, England, Peru, Sweden, and the Ural Mountains in Russia. In the United States it has been found in North Carolina, Colorado, New Jersey, and has been named as the state gem of Massachusetts.
Rhodonite is believed to be a stone for activating love energies. It is also said to raise self-worth and give an aura of elegance, self-confidence and self-esteem. Some believe that wearing it will stimulate and open the heart chakra and dispel anxiety. It also said to balances yin and yang and soothe nightmares.