Rhodochrosite is for the heart: it is believed to cultivate love and compassion, and considered to promote intuition and aid in creative pursuits. This crystal is typically rose red in colour, but can also be found in beautiful shades of pink to pale brown. The gem’s name is derived from combining the Greek words for rose “rhodon’’ and “chroma” meaning colour.
As the gem is relatively soft and has perfect cleavage, it is very difficult to cut and is rarely found faceted. That said, Lapidarists who have of taken the time to study this gemstone are able to create cabochon cuts and the result is a truly sumptuous, pinkish red treasure that is ideal for gem collectors or for setting into pendants.
In 2002, Colorado officially named Rhodochrosite as its state mineral; although found worldwide, some of the best specimens ever were found at the Sweet Home mine near Alma, Colorado.