Native American Materials – Rhodochrosite

Rhodochrosite, Mother of Pearl, Opal and Sterling Silver Channel Inlay Braceley by Navajo Shirley Tso

Rhodochrosite, Mother of Pearl, Opal and Sterling Silver Channel Inlay Bracelet by Navajo Shirley Tso

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Rhodochrosite is a beautiful mineral with crystal like qualities that make it seem like it is lit from within. Pink and white bands and neighboring other colors of the manganese ore make for a variety of patterns and color combinations. The name rhodochrosite means rose-colored.

The first Native American Rhodochrosite pendant I saw looked good enough to eat. If you don’t think of a Neapolitan (chocolate, strawberry and vanilla) ice cream sundae with marshmallow topping, well……..

Yummy Navajo Rhodochrosite Pendant

Yummy Navajo Rhodochrosite Pendant

Colorado officially named rhodochrosite as its state mineral in 2002. While the mineral is found worldwide, large red crystals are found only in a few places on earth, and some of the best specimens have been found in the Sweet Home Mine near Alma, Colorado.

 

Navajo Sterling Silver and Rhodochrosite Bracelet and Pendant

Navajo Sterling Silver and Rhodochrosite Bracelet and Pendant

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