Rhodonite Properties

Rhodonite is said to be a physical and emotional healer, as it teaches us to love and trust ourselves. It is believed to boost self-confidence, increase self-esteem, and encourage patience. Rhodonite calms emotions, promotes relaxation, and alleviates anxiety and worry. It is said to make it easier to organize scattered and chaotic thoughts, and to enhance language proficiency and eloquence. Rhodonite is a rejuvenating stone, thought to renew bodily energy after physical distress, and to help heal old wounds. It is a grounding stone, believed to strengthen our resolve and conviction, making it easier to accomplish our goals, and to fulfill our potential. Rhodonite is associated with the Zodiac sign of Taurus. It is the Massachusetts state gem, and the national gem of Russia.

The following article about Malachite was written by Stephanie Pflumm.

ORE'S FEATURED GEMSTONE: Rhodonite
by Stephanie Pflumm

Rhodonite is a silicate (Quartz) composite, in many ways, similar to Rose Quartz. Manganese brings out the rosy colors both stones are noted for. Unlike Rose Quartz, it forms more patiently. Usually the result of the Manganese metamorphosing with other minerals like Aluminum and Calcium through a sedimentary process. Frequently, the exposed Manganese will oxidize as the minerals weather together, creating black and gray veins.

The crystal is very strong and has been a popular carving material for the last few hundred years. Russians have used it extensively, carving the sarcophagus for czars and emperors from whole slabs. At Easter, Russian children would exchange eggs carved from Rhodonite. Most Russian Rhodonite comes from the Ural Mountains.

While this gemstone rarely forms actual crystals, fine triclinic specimens have been found near the Manganese deposits at Wermland Sweden. Rhodonite found in Massachusetts has yielded occasional druzey clusters.

Russia and Massachusetts recognize Rhodonite as a national and state gem. A fairly common stone, it is also found in Alaska, New Jersey, North Carolina, Montana, California, New Mexico. In the 1960's, amateur rock hounds Tommy Raspet and Perry Williams found separate deposits in Washington state. Around the world Rhodonite is found in Australia, British Columbia, Brazil, Mexico, India, Madagascar, Japan, New Zealand and several other regions.

Its name comes from the Greek word rhodon for rosy. Though I did run across one reference that credited a Celtic word rhod, which means wheel, as the origins of Rhodonite's name.

Rhodonite does not seem to have a rich history of legend, but it is easy to feel this stone's unconditional love. Like Rose Quartz, this gemstone teaches the all important lesson of self love.

This is a stone of self confidence born out of trust in your own heart, your own voice, your own choices. Carrying this stone will keep your mind calm, allowing you to process chaotic situations and patiently assess your options. Rhodonite will strengthen your resolve, helping you be more disciplined in your walk.

Your Heart Chakra can really benefit from the energies in a Rhodonite stone. This crystal will activate, charge and clear this loving center. It gives you a new level of patience and understanding for dealing with everyday challenges. Approach conflicts with more constructive solutions that promote true equity for everyone involved.

You can also use this stone for balancing the yin and yang, your male/female energies. It makes an excellent meditation stone for promoting world peace, equality, brotherhood and human kind's generous spirit.

Use this gemstone to heal emotional scars left by old wounds. Begin to accept the healing relief of forgiveness. Rhodonite also promotes physical healing following a traumatic accident or event. Victims of sudden heart attacks or equally serious illnesses may recover more quickly and more completely if they carry the stone during their convalescence. Wounds and cuts heal rapidly, with less scarring when a stone is applied to the injury.

Healers using psychic and intuitive energies in their medicine will find Rhodonite an important companion stone. It protects you from being injured or permanently damaged by the harmful energies you work with. The stone gives the healer strength to remain constant and your intent focused during your task.

Rhodonite is recommended for emphysema and arthritis patients. It may be helpful in building the immune system and fighting throat infections, such as strep throat. You may also experience positive effects on the pituitary and thyroid glands, pancreas and the central nervous system.

This information was taken from ORE Features, a publication written by Stephanie Pflumm, reprinted with permission.

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