What Is The Difference Between Rhodonite And Rhodochrosite? 

Rhodonite and Rhodochrosite share similar names and colourings and are both classified as a mineral. The colours and names being so similar lead to these two crystals often being confused with one another, but they are quite different.

We like to keep things pretty simple over here, so this is a very basic breakdown of what I would consider the more commonly requested information.

Rhodochrosite Physical Characteristics 

Chemical Classification: Carbonate Mineral

Chemical Composition: Mn2+CO3

Mohs Hardness: 3.5-4

Colour: Bright red, hot pink, light pink, orange-red, brown, grey, can be banded with light and dark pink, usually, veins are white.

Transparency: Translucent-Transparent

Rhodonite Physical Characteristics 

Chemical Classification: Silicate Mineral

Chemical Composition: CaMn3Mn(Si5O15)

Mohs Hardness: 5.5—6.5

Colour: Pink, rose-red to brownish-red, usually, but not always contains back or metallic spots and veins.

Transparency: Translucent-Opaque


Rhodochrosite Metaphysical Meaning

Rhodochrosite is known to bring unconditional love and nurturing. It helps with deep heart healing, encouraging you to look at suppressed trauma and feelings from childhood or past lives, bringing them love, forgiveness, compassion and empathy. Nurturing your inner child can help to bring playfulness and spontaneity back into your life. This will all help to give your heart the strength, trust and courage it might need to take another chance at love. 

Rhodonite Metaphysical Meaning

Rhodonite is known for its ability to balance and heal. It helps to improve your confidence and self-worth, and realising your full potential brings feelings of strength and empowerment. Rhodonite encourages you to let go of anything or anyone holding you back, balance your emotions, release, forgive and heal your heart. As your heart heals, you will become open to the giving and receiving of unconditional love for yourself and others. 


What Do I Choose, Rhodonite or Rhodochrosite? 

Choosing a crystal can be based on its specific meaning or properties, but we recommend allowing your intuition to guide you. 

You may think that you are just attracted to the sparkle, shine or colour of a crystal through your screen and this is somewhat true. However, what you are resonating with is actually the crystals’ energy. If you feel drawn to a crystal you are drawn to it for a reason. The universe will always guide you to exactly what you need, trust it.