This pink gemstone decorates lots of Russian palaces. Rhodonite’s name is derived from the Greek ‘rhodon’ (pink), and it belongs to the inosilicates. With its density of 6 on the Mohs scale, it is a relatively soft gemstone. Rhodonite has the reputation of being one of the most challenging stones to facet, which is why most stones are polished cabochon. Traditionally, rhodonite is seen as the stone of luck and happiness.
Amongst others, rhodonite can be found in Russia, China, Australia, Japan, Sweden, Tanzania, the United States, Brazil, Mexico, Peru, South-Africa and the United Kingdom.