Rhodonite

Rhodonite is an attractive mineral well known among collectors for its beautiful pink and red color. It often has black manganese oxide veins running through its massive form, creating a very aesthetic pattern used prominently for polished free-forms, carving and the gem/jewelry trade. Along with its pink and red colors, it is less frequently orange-red and brownish-red and displays a vitreous and pearly luster. This colorful mineral is associated with numerous other quality minerals including Calcite, Galena, Quartz, Pyrite and Sphalerite.

The crystal system for Rhodonite is triclinic, often forming coarse to fine granular aggregates, coxcomb aggregates, fibrous groupings and massive. Less common forms include tabular and rectangular prismatic crystals; crystals are rare.

Rhodonite can be found in limited locations, including Australia, Brazil, Peru, Sweden, Russia and the USA (New Jersey).

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