Rhodonite, Black Stripe, Natural, Puffy Heart, One 20mm Strand

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Rhodonite, Black Stripe, Natural, Puffy Heart, One 20mm Strand

This price is for one strand 15 to 16 inches

Heart strands have about 16 pieces

Rhodonite is a pink manganese silicate mineral of variable composition that often contains significant amounts of iron, magnesium, and calcium. It is often associated with black manganese oxides which may occur as dendrites, fracture-fillings, or matrix within the specimen. Rhodonite name comes from the word “rhodon”, which means “rose” in Greek.

Rhodonite is found in a few small deposits across the world, including Argentina, Australia, Brazil, China, Canada, England, India, Peru, Russia, and Sweden. In the United States it has been found in North Carolina, California, Colorado, New Jersey, and Massachusetts. 

Sometimes Rhodonite is confused with Rhodochrosite. Rhodonite has shades of pink with veins, or "roads", or black Manganese Oxide. Rhodochrosite is typically more pink than red with white swirls of Manganese Carbonate.

Rhodonite is the state gemstone of Massachusetts. 

Hardness 5.5-6

The source of these beads is Brazil and they are cut, drilled and polished in China.

This is a natural stone that has had no treatment other than cutting, drilling, and polishing, and includes the matte treatment described below.