What I have been seeing about Rhodonite thus far is only the tip of
The colors of Rhodonite in its massive form run a large gamut from an
ugly pinkist tan, through beautiful pink to bright red. It may also
be found with violet and purple as well as some swirling yellow, white
and a bit of green now and then. I currently have samples of all of
those colors except for the green though I have seen it. The
crystaline form usually is bright pink to red.
It comes from many places. They mined it on Taiwan for a number of
years during the 70’s, Japan is reported to have some, CA has produced
it on and off for many years (so was not surprised to see someone has
found a new deposit), Franklin, NJ, Sweden, USSR, Australia, also
Massachusetts, Colorado and Rhode Island. There are probably others.
Normally found incident with manganese oxides, sometimes in massive
form, hence the ‘spiderweb’ lines inside. Often it looks just like a
heavy black metalic stone. When a chip is taken off, just below the
surface it will be brignt pink. Hardness 5.5 to 6.0. Easy to slab,
carve or cut. If too thin, it will cleave easily but not particularly
heat sensitive. Takes a great polish on several powders but I prefer
linde on hard leather. If there is any undercutting go directly to
diamond wheels/pads thru 50K.
Cheers from Don at The Charles Belle Studio in chilly SOFL where
simple elegance IS fine jewelry!