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Rhodonite


Mineral Properties and Uses



Physical Properties of Rhodonite

Chemical Classification silicate
Color pink, rose red, red brown, brown
Streak white
Luster vitreous
Diaphaneity transparent to translucent
Cleavage perfect
Mohs Hardness 5.5 to 6
Specific Gravity 3.5 to 3.7
Diagnostic Properties color, cleavage
Chemical Composition (Mn2+,Fe2+,Mg,Ca)SiO3
Crystal System triclinic
Uses decorative stone


Rhodonite beads
Beads of rhodonite. Each bead is approximately 4 millimeters across.



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Rhodonite with sphalerite from Butte, Montana. Specimen is approximately 3-1/2 inches (8.9 centimeters) across.


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