RHODONITE TUMBLE LARGE
Rhodonite Tumble Large showing great colour contrast between the rose pink and black manganese marbling. This piece has been tumbled not polished. Great for lapidary or to keep as a whole. A super Australian stone, much better quality than overseas varieties. A nice alternative to rose quartz if you are seeking out a pink or rose coloured stone.
Woods Mine, New England District, NSW.
7.5cm x 3.9cm x 3cm, 117g
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Named in 1819 by Christoph Friedrich Jasche from the Greek “rhodon” meaning “rose”, referring to its colour.
The element manganese is an essential element in our daily food and has several industrial uses. Used in steel alloys to increase strength, hardness and durability. Manganese is also used to make glass an amethyst colour. That is not so surprising since manganese is the trace element responsible for quartz’s purple variety, amethyst.