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.


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


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 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 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. 


I hope this was quick and simple and you feel a little more confident in picking which is which. Leave a comment and let me know if you have a favourite of the two.