A rose-red manganese silicate, usually veined with streaks of black due to the oxidation of manganese. It is commonly mined in very large blocks. The name comes (1823) from the Greek Rhodon meaning rose. Although mined mainly in British Columbia, Canada, other sources are Australia, China and Madagascar. However, the Russians of earlier years were known for their rhodonite carvings. The sarcophagus of the Russian emperor Alexander II (1818 – 1881) was carved from a single block. Rhodonite has been called a “stone of love”.It is said to help one achieve their greatest potential, to dispel anxiety and promote coherence during chaotic encounters. It has been used in the treatment of emphysema and can also be helpful for inflammation of the joints, light sensitivity, streptococcal throat infections, heart disorders and arthritis.