Rhodochrosite is a manganese carbonate with a hardness of 3.5 to 4. Its crystal system is hexagonal (trigonal). Most often, Rhodochrosite occurs in massive, granular, botryoidal, nodular or stalactitic habits, but it occasionally forms prismatic, tabular or rhombohedral crystals. The name Rhodochrosite refers to the Greek word for its rose-red color. Most Rhodochrosite is in the pink-to-red color range, but it can also be yellowish, orange or brown.
Pink is the color-expression of love, and virtually all of the pink stones have energies that relate to this central theme. In the case of Rhodochrosite, the love is directed first toward the self, specifically for purposes of emotional healing.
Rhodochrosite assists in doing the necessary work of recovering, reliving and releasing the memories of one’s emotional wounds. Rhodochrosite emanates one of the most tender and loving energies of any stone. It soothes the heart and comforts the soul, helping one claim one’s rightful powers and be everything one was meant to be. It vibrates to the frequencies of inner peace and self-forgiveness, allowing one to fully blossom.
Simmons, Robert; Ahsian, Naisha. The Book of Stones, Revised Edition: Who They Are and What They Teach (several pages). North Atlantic Books. Kindle Edition.