What is Rhodochrosite?
Rhodochrosite is a manganese carbonate mineral that ranges in color from light pink to bright red. It’s primarily found in Argentina, Peru, and Colorado, USA. Rhodochrosite is often used as a gemstone and is popular for its unique pink and red color.
Rhodochrosite is a vibrant gemstone that comes in shades of pink and red. Its unique appearance and color make it a popular choice for jewelry and decorative items, especially rings and pendants.
|Chemical Classification||Inorganic - Carbonate|
|Color||Ranges from light pink to deep rose-red, often with white or lighter colored banding.|
|Luster||Vitreous to pearly.|
|Transparency||Translucent to opaque.|
|Occurrence||Argentina, USA (especially Colorado), and South Africa.|
|Formation||Typically found in hydrothermal veins and cavities, often associated with silver deposits.|
|Diaphaneity||Transparent to translucent|
|Cleavage||Perfect in one direction|
|Mohs Hardness||3.5 to 4|
|Specific Gravity||3.45 - 3.70|
|Diagnostic Properties||Pink to red with banding.|
|Pleochroism||Not observed in rhodochrosite.|
|Optical Properties||Biaxial (+)|
|Refractive Index||1.597 - 1.817|
|2V angle||Measured: 50° to 65°|
|Dispersion||Not typically noted for its dispersion.|