Rhodochrosite is a manganese carbonate mineral with a transparent to translucent rose-pink color with undulating bands of white, gray or brown. The name derives from the Greek rhodon, meaning rose, and lithos, meaning stone. Most often it is cut en cabochon although particularly transparent examples are sometimes faceted.

Gemological Information for Rhodochrosite

Color:Pink with Bands of White, Gray or Brown, Transparent Pink and Red
Crystal Structure:Hexagonal (Trigonal)
Refractive Index:1.597 to 1.817
Hardness:3.5 to 4.5
Similar Stones:RhodoniteUnakite and Hydrogrossular
Country of Origin:Argentine, Australia, Germany, Romania, Spain, U.S., South Africa

Rhodochrosite Care

Ultrasonic Cleaning:Never
Steam Cleaning:Never
Warm Soapy Water:Safe
Chemical Attack:Effervesces to Hydrochloric Acid
Light Sensitivity:Stable
Heat Sensitivity:Turns Dark and Breaks with a Jeweler's Torch.


  • Gem Reference Guide, Los Angeles: Gemological Institute of America, 1988. Pp. 199-200.
  • Schumann, Walter. Gemstones of the World, New York: Sterling Publishing, Co., 1977. Pp. 168.