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Rhodochrosite - properties, care, use in jewelry
Rhodochrosite gets its name from the Greek words rhodon and chroma, which mean rose and color. Of course, they refer to the pink color of this mineral. It is also called diagolite, and in Argentina it is called the Inca rose. Rhodochrosite is a rare mineral, which means it occurs only in a few regions of our planet. Among the semi-finished products for rhodochrosite jewelry, you will find beads and cabochons that highlight the natural patterns in the stone.
Properties of rhodochrosite
In their pure form, rhodochrosite crystals are intensely pink, almost red. However, the pure form of rhodochrosite is very rare. Most often, rhodochrosite is combined with other minerals such as calcite, fluorite and quartz. Sometimes the patterns in the structure of rhodochrosite may resemble agates, but are usually less transparent. Rhodochrosite stones are rarely translucent or completely transparent. You can probably guess that the price of such rare specimens of rhodochrosites can be exorbitant.

Unfortunately, the hardness of these minerals is estimated at 3.5 - 4.5 on the Mohs scale. This means that the surface of these beads is quite easy to scratch compared to other decorative stones. However, the addition of other minerals affects the hardness of the stones. Of course, due to the unique appearance and therefore the composition of the bead, it is not certain what hardness each of them will have. However, our experience and that of our clients shows that the rhodochrosites available in our bead store work great in jewelry and do not scratch easily.
Rhodochrosite - an extraordinary stone for jewelry
The price of rhodochrosite reflects the rarity of this mineral. Compared to agate or jasper beads, which are very popular, rhodochrosites can be considered exclusive beads made of natural stones. However, they offer a unique look to the jewelry.

The cool shades of pink and gray contained in rhodochrosite make it combine perfectly with other semi-finished products with cool shades. Of course, these include steel, pearls, aquamarine and amazonite beads. Since rhodochrosite in our bead shop usually comes in a pink-gray form, we recommend combining it with smoky quartz and moonstone.

You can string rhodochrosite beads on fishing lines, lines, rubber bands and strings. They can be used in necklaces and bracelets, and small beads can also be used in rings and earrings. When designing jewelry with rhodochrosite, it is worth remembering that this stone is not very shiny. Although polished, pure rhodochrosite can have a glassy or even pearly luster, the mixtures of minerals in the beads usually hinder this, making them almost dull. The slight shine of the stones combined with their unique structure makes rhodochrosites create unique jewelry worth the price.
How to care for rhodochrosite jewelry
The susceptibility to scratching of rhodochrosite is balanced by its resistance to chemical agents. Of course, we always recommend avoiding contact of jewelry with cleaning products and household chemicals. However, you can wear your rhodochrosite jewelry without worrying that cosmetics will change its appearance. And if the stones are dirty, try cleaning them with a soft cloth. You can do it dry or using lukewarm water. Remember not to use brushes to clean rhodochrosites. This way you will avoid scratching their surface. Additionally, always store stone accessories in separate bags or boxes.

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