What color is it?: As you can see above rhodonite is a pink color with black mottled lines running through it.
What is the story behind this gemstone?: This is mostly an ornamental gemstone which is most often cut en cabochon. It makes some pretty accessory jewelry pieces since the color will vary from slight pink to almost a light red.
Can I wear it everyday?:Yes, rhodonite is a very durable gemstone.
Is it expensive?: No. generally rhodonite will be in the same price range as malachite and rhodochrosite cabochon cut gemstones.
Is it a birthstone?: No.
What do I need to know before going shopping?: Once again, call ahead. Few retail jewelers will carry rhodonite as a regular inventory gemstone. So make sure you are shopping with a well experienced independent retail jeweler when looking for rhodonite.
Source: United States, Sweden, Australia, and Canada main sources
Chemical: (Mn2,Fe2,Mg,Ca)SiO3 an oxide of manganese ore
Formation: In metamorphic rocks with high contents of manganese
Crystal System: Triclinic
Unusual Properties: Black streaks running through stone is manganese oxides
RI: 1.733 – 1.744
Optic Character: B +
Specific Gravity: Varies: 3.40 – 3.70
Hardness: Average 6
Transparency: Opaque except in very rare instances of crystal formation
Special Identifying Properties and Tests: Strong absorption band at 5480, black mottling is common
Synthetics: None known at this time.
Imitations: Several possible.