Rhodonite is named after the Greek word for Rose, which is Rhodon. The color usually ranges from delicate to dark pink, red, peach-to-salmon, and orange - sometimes with a gray-to-black manganese matrix (streaks) of varying thickness. Stones may be light or very dark, and have a vitreous luster that sometimes appears pearly. While some Rhodonite stones are highly polished, others in Miriam’s Rhodonite jewelry collection are created using coarse or textured stones that show fine granular aggregates, giving them a flat granite-like finish. Both Rhodonite varieties are beautiful! Rhodonite is found in Australia, Finland, Japan, Canada, Madagascar, Mexico, the Urals in Russia, Sweden, South Africa, Tanzania, and in the United States in New Jersey. Rhodonite is sometimes confused with Rhodochrosite, which has raspberry red and pink tones, and a creamy white marble coloration that appears as light to dark stripes with zigzag bands. Metaphysical essence: Friendship, forgiveness, love and passion. Also self-confidence and spiritual maturity.