Rhodochrosite has a pearly luster and it’s banded in layers of white to pink. It’s often mistaken as manganese silicate, but it’s the rose red color that makes it distinct. Rhodochrosite comes from the Greek word ‘rhodos’, which means rose, and ‘khros, which means color. Rhodochrosite is a manganese carbonate mineral that ranges in color from light pink to bright red. It is found in a small number of locations worldwide where other manganese minerals are usually present. Rhodochrosite is sometimes used as an ore of manganese but is rarely found in economic quantities. Specimens with a wonderful pink color are used to produce highly desirable gemstones.