Tags: mineral

Name: Rhodonite
Locality: Central Mountain Range of Taiwan
Size & weight: 10, 355q
Chemical Class: Silicate
Chemical Formula: MnSiO3
Crystal System: Triclinic system
Hardness: 5.5-6
Cleavage: Perfect
Chromatic: Idiochromatic
Streak: White
Common Appearance: Massive, also prismatic with elongated tabular crystals parallel to {0001}.
Luster: Vitreous luster
Color: Pink, rose red, brown
Specific Gravity: 3.4-3.7
As the name implies rhodonite exhibits characteristic rosy pink color. This characteristic rose pink color, distinct cleavage, high hardness and ubiquitous stripes of black manganese oxide are diagnostic features. Cut-open surfaces show “Chinese scenery paintings” reminiscent of natural paintings.
NTU Digital Archives of Geosciences Department, National Taiwan University