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The pink color of Rhodochrosite is created by the presence of manganese and it is formed when manganese is dissolved by groundwater and combines with a carbonate material and then drips off the ceiling of caves and crevices deep underground. It is found in veins of silver, copper, lead and manganese. Rhodochrosite is found in Argentina, Mexico, Spain, Africa, Peru, and Montana, U.S.  Ranges from light red to rose red to pink, often with black spots and veins. The name is said to be derived from the Greek word “rhodon” (pink) and “chros” (color). It is referred to as the Inca  Rose by the Incas who believed the spilled blood of their rulers transformed into Rhodochrosite.

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