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Rhodonite comes from the Greek word "rhodon" meaning rosy. Rhodonite's deep pink to mauve coloring is oftentimes intermixed with black and grey flecks that add to the stone's natural beauty.
Rhodonite jewelry has been popular in Russia for centuries. The mineral, found in the Ural region, was one of the favorite gemstones of Russian nobility. A whole slab of rhodonite was used to create an elaborate tomb for the wife of Czar Alexander II. The tomb, polished by hand and taking 16 years to complete, was installed at the Peter-and-Paul Cathedral in St. Petersburg in 1906. Rhodonite was also a cherished gift at royal czarist weddings and was used in the decorating of the Imperial Easter Eggs created by the House of Faberge.
Today, rhodonite is believed to be a calming stone, helping to decrease anxiety and increase attention to detail. Rhodonite's pink color is also said to enhance love, while the black inclusions help keep the wearer grounded.
Rhodonite is on the softer side (5.5-6.5 on the Mohs scale) so care should be taken to avoid sharp blows and extreme temperature changes. Clean your rhodonite jewelry with warm soapy water when needed and store your rhodonite rings, earrings, necklaces and rhodonite bracelets in your Ross-Simons presentation box when not in use.
Ross-Simons' jewelry designers prize rhodonite for its pretty pink tones and natural veining patterns. Most rhodonite is cut into cabochons or beads for use in rings, earrings, rhodonite necklaces and bracelets. Rhodonite is complemented nicely by sterling silver.
Important sources of rhodonite include Russia, Australia, Sweden, Brazil, Mexico, India and the United States.
Give yourself a rosy glow with a piece of rhodonite jewelry from Ross-Simons. Visit our web site to see beautiful examples of this pink mottled gemstone, set in earrings, rings, bracelets and rhodonite necklaces.