Thursday, May 29, 2008

Rhodochrosite




Rhodochrosite derives its pink color from Manganese
The name is derived from the Greek word for rose-colored.

Rhodochrosite is a manganese carbonate mineral

Colors: from a rose-red color to shades of pink to pale brown

Banded Rhodochrosite is mined in Capillitas, Argentina


Characteristics: concentric bands of light and dark rose colored & white layers

Colorado officially named Rhodochrosite as its state mineral in 2002

Folklore & Ledged: The Incas who called it Inca-Rose believed that Rhodochrosite is the blood of there former kings & queens that was turned to stone.

5 comments:

Diane said...

One of my favorite gemtones. And these pieces are wonderful.

The Diva's Hammer said...

Isn't it amazing how God can paint?

The Diva's Hammer said...

Isnt the Lord an artist?

Waterrose said...

That is so beautiful! I've never seen that stone before.

mommyandmeboutique said...

Beautiful work; such a lovely color!