The pink color of Rhodochrosite is caused by the element manganese and is formed when manganese is dissolved by ground water and combines with a carbonate material and then drips off the ceiling of caves and crevices deep underground. It is found in Argentina, Peru and your piece comes from Montana here in the USA. Rhodochrosite is found in the form of stalactites and stalagmites in caves. Rhodochrosite means rose colored. It is sometimes carved into figurines, as well as used in jewelry. Its hardness is between 3.5 and 4.5. According to legend Rhodochrosite has powers that include drawing love to the wearer, and helps release past psychological issues and improves eyesight.

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Your new piece of Rhodochrosite is hand crafted by Native Americans and set in Sterling Silver. Visit Beach Essentials the next time you’re on the Outer Banks or browse our jewelry selection online at BeachTreasuresOnline.com

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