Rhodonite obtained its name from the Greek word "rhodon" which translates to "rose." The name is in reference to the rich and vibrant rose shade the stone often contains. The stone was first discovered by a person by the name C.F Jasche in the year 1819. During the 17th century Rhodonite quickly became a popular item in Russia, it was mainly utilized for architectural as well as ornamental reasons. In history, the Incan tribe located in Mexico strongly believed that these stones contained the blood of their former leaders thus giving it the name "Incan Rose."
Rhodonite is considered to be one of the rarer minerals and is said to be more commonly found in massive forms meaning they truly do not have a definitive shape. They are most commonly found to be within metamorphic rocks. Rhodonite can only be found in certain deposits located around the world. The few select places that are known to produce this uncommon stone are Brazil, Peru, India, Italy, Russia, South Africa, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Sweden, Tanzania, Madagascar, Japan, the United States and the United Kingdom.
In metaphysical belief, Rhodonite has been given the name "Stone of Love" because it is believed to contain the ability to clear and reactivate one’s heart. It is also said to aid in helping one love themself in order to give love to others. Rhodonite is known as a strong stone that can aid in reducing feelings such as stress and anxiety.