RHODOCROSITE

September 15, 2020

RHODOCROSITE

Rhodochrosite is a carbonate mineral whose name is derived from the Greek, "rhodos" (rose), and khros, (color) and in its purest form is characterized for its raspberry-pink to red color.

It is also referred to as Inca Rose (Rosa del Inca or Rosinca), as the Incas believed Rhodochrosite was the blood of their ancestral rulers turned to stone. It is the National Gemstone of Argentina, where some of the most important deposits are mined, and is the State Mineral of Colorado, where the Sweet Home Mine and nearby localities produce some of the rarest and most beautiful specimens in the world.





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