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Rhodonite gem stone

Rhodonite is a silicate of manganese, of a pink or flesh-red color. It does not furnish transparent gems, but, occurring massive in large pieces, affords material for table-tops, vases, jewel-boxes, paper-weights, and other large objects in which such a color is desired. The stone has a slight translucency, which heightens its effect when polished, and it is also like jade in being quite tough.