A carbonate mineral like Rhodochrosite usually shows up in a blend of red and pink; if the crystal is contaminated sometimes it yields brown or yellow colors. The mineral possesses manganese, which creates a pink or red color. The mineral gets its name from "rhodochrosite", which is the Greek name for "rose color". It is found in a combination of siderite and calcite, and appears in the form of a crystal that's quite rare. Ink and white colored bands appear with the larger rock formations. Rhodochrosite pendants usually contain this type of material. You'll rarely come across the crystal form of this material, although you'll find banded material in a number of countries.
USA, South Africa, Argentina and Hungary are a few of the countries that are home to some of Rhodochrosite crystals' best quality materials. Rhodochrosites were first found in Romania in the year 1813. In 2002, the U.S. State of Colorado named Rhodochrosite their official mineral, since the quality of the minerals found in this state were of the purest form. Rhodochrosite is a gemstone which is composed of a soft mineral. Cutting this stone involves a lot of challenges; it shows a nice cleavage and scores around 4 in terms of hardness on the Mohs scale. This gemstone is quite faceted, but its availability is truly limited. A majority of the rhodochrosite stone mined nowadays are used in the form of manganese ore.
Rhodochrosite is most suitable for high-quality pendants - all you need to do is to cut them and polish them properly. Recent years have seen a lot of experiments involving this mineral, but what you mostly find for sale on the market for sale are cheaper and low quality. Rhodochrosite is a very good choice if you're searching for a nice gemstone to create beads or a pendant.