Rhodonite is a translucent to opaque pink to reddish color gemstone with patches or veins of black throughout. Usually cut en cabochon or drilled for beads. The name is derived from the Greek rhodon meaning rose.


Gemological information

Gemological Information for Rhodonite
Color Translucent to Opaque Pink with Black Veins or Splotches
Crystal Structure Triclinic
Refractive Index 1.733 to 1.747
Hardness 5.5 to 6.5
Similar Stones Rhodochrosite, Unakite
Treatments None
Country of Origin Australia, Madagascar, Mexico, US, South Africa, Sweden, Russia
Rhodonite Care
Ultrasonic Cleaning Safe
Steam Cleaning Safe
Warm Soapy Water Safe
Chemical Attack Slightly by Acids
Light Sensitivity Stable
Heat Sensitivity Fuses to Glass Under a Torch


Gem Reference Guide, Los Angeles: Gemological Institute of America, 1988. Pp. 201-202.

Newman, Harold. An Illustrated Dictionary of Jewelry, New York: Thames and Hudson, 1981. Pp. 257.

Schumann, Walter. Gemstones of the World, New York: Sterling Publishing, Co., 1977. Pp. 168.