That's the rough!
Some new matte finish beads and cabs I just made from rhodonite that came from Australia. I bought a couple pounds of this rough when I was in Tucson last February. I included a picture of the rough I cut it from. I really like the completely natural rich pink color and the dark black veins of manganese oxide running through it. The black veins show where millions of years ago the forces of nature broke the rock and then through mineralizations and time the rock was healed back together. I use rocks like this for my "Broken Healed Hearts of Stone" series. For me it's talisman and ornament as metaphors. If Mother Nature can heal a broken rock don't you think Father Time can heal your broken heart? ;)
Folks often ask me about the "properties" of the stones or what are their "meanings." That's a matter of a faith or beliefs that I don't particularly ascribe too but I respect people's wants, needs, and desires to find meaning in things! We know for example that some shades of pink can make people feel somewhat calmer. For those interested in such things I googled the two major components of these pieces and this is what some people believe....,
"Rhodonite is a stone of compassion, an emotional balancer that clears away emotional wounds and scars from the past, and that nurtures love. It stimulates, clears and activates the heart. Rhodonite grounds energy, balances yin-yang, and aids in achieving one's highest potential. It heals emotional shock and panic."
The "properties" of the black manganese oxides are believed by some to be..."A mineral of bonding, Manganese brings people closer together, activating the energies of cooperation in group efforts. Manganese stimulates spontaneity, creativity and enhances positive energy. Manganese produces a grounding effect which can help to balance the emotions and the physical body."
Remember that when someone says "it" does these things that if "it" happens then it's in conjunction with YOU and your intention! Someone "channeled" this information. If you receive it and channel that into your psyche that doesn't seem like such a bad thing. ;) You are a blessing and you are blessed.
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