Rhodochrosite is a pink coloured gem which appears to be illuminated from within. The unusual brilliance makes it a favourite amongst gemstone connoisseurs and jewellery designers. The name “rhodochrosite” comes from the Greek word meaning ‘rose coloured’.
Much of the banded form of Rhodochrosite comes from Argentina, where it forms as stalagmites and stalactites in ancient Inca Silver mines and caves.
Banded Rhodochrosite is used for bracelets and necklaces, and may also be cut and polished into cabochons. The rare and transparent deep-red form is very difficult to obtain, and is occasionally cut into a rare and exotic collectors gemstone.