Dimensions: 46.8 mm (1.84 in.) diameter
Weight: 7 grams
This pink to rose red mineral is an ore of maganese mined almost exclusively in Capillitas, a remote Andean region of Argentina. The mine was uncovered in 1938 by explorer Franz Manfiel who found, entombed in the mine, an Inca mummy holding an amulet of rhodochrosite in its hand. The Incas, while working this mine in the 13th century for copper and silver, discovered that the blood of their unforgotten rulers had turned to stone. In the 700 year interval while the mine lay idle, rhodochrosite occurred as stalactitic formations, identified by a circular pattern in the stone. Crystals are usually small and very rate. Rhodochrosite is a body harmonizer and works best over the solar plexis, freeing the flow of energy through the body.