Rhodochrosite obtained its name from the Greek word "rhodon" which translates to "rose" and the Greek word "chros" which translates to "color." Fun fact in the year 2002 the state of Colorado located in the United States, officially named Rhodochrosite their state mineral. This is due to the fact that this mineral can only be found in select places in the world, and some of the best quality specimens have arisen from the Sweet Home Mine in Alma, Colorado. In history, the ancient Incan tribe from Mexico was said to believe that Rhodochrosite is composed of the blood from their former leaders that turned to stone. Due to this Rhodochrosite also has the names of "Rosa del Inca" and "Inca Rose."
Rhodochrosite can be found in various parts of the world. It is found in Japan, China, Argentina, Peru, Spain, Mexico, Gabon, South Africa, Romania, Russia, Gabon, Montana, and Colorado. Not only is Rhodochrosite found in a variety of places around the world, but it is also found in various colors. It can be found in pink, red, yellow, grey, and even brown.
In metaphysical belief, Rhodochrosite is believed to possess the ability to integrate both physical and spiritual energies. It is also said that Rhodochrosite contains the ability to aid in calming emotional stress and improving self-worth.