Rhodocrosite is found in hydrothermal veins but also in sedimentary deposits of chemical origin. Occurs as semitransparent and has perfect Rhombohedral cleavage. Its pink color is due to the presence of manganese.
Vitreous, resinous to pearly
Argentina, Mexico, Namibia, Spain, Romania, Russia
Rhodocrosite contains manganese, an essential constituent of the body with a powerful antioxidant and metabolic function. It is required for bone development, repairing tissue and assimilation of minerals.
Sacred to the Incas, who called it Inca Rose and believed it was the solidified blood of their ancestral kings and queens.
* Scientific proof may not be available to substantiate these claims.