Rhodochrosite is a manganese carbonate and has a hardness of 3.5-4. Though it can occur in a couple different colors, the most common color of Rhodocrosite is a rosy pink with or without white banding. Due to the fragility of the stone, faceted pieces are rare and the stone is more often cut smooth or used as decoration. Some of the best Rhodocrosite comes out of Argentina and the United States, mainly in Colorado. It is also found in South Africa, Romania, Mexico, Russia, Japan and Butte, Montana. It is known to raise your self-esteem and self-worth, while increasing feelings of self-love. It is a strong crystal for emotional healing that encourages you to love yourself and reach a state of joy and happiness. It is a powerful heart chakra stone that vibrates with the energy of love. Rhodochrosite also gives you the courage to look at things that you may have been afraid to face before.