Rhodonite Figural Skull
Red Jasper Figural skull
Dimensions 2” inches
Weighs about 125g
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Rhodonite is a manganese metasilicate mineral with a hardness of 5.5 to 6.5. Its crystal system is triclinic. It occurs most often in massive or granular habits but can also crystallize in tabular form, often with rounded edges. Rhodonite’s name derives from the Greek word meaning ‘rose-red,’ and it is usually that color, though it can also be brownish red. Rhodonite frequently contains black inclusions of manganese oxide. It was once mined in the Russian Ural mountains and is now found in Sweden, Australia, India, Madagascar, Mexico, South Africa, Brazil, Canada and the USA. [The Book of Stones pg. 402]
Researchers have written dozens of books and hundreds of articles about crystal skulls, few have attempted to explain the origin and purpose of these sculptures. For some, the crystal skulls are 19th-century “hoaxes”; for others, they are extraterrestrial artefacts, while yet others believe they are remnants of a lost civilisation.
Perhaps the most likely explanation is that they are part and parcel of the ancient cultures, particularly the Mayan, that existed in the area of Central America where they were found. Could it be that these skulls were one of the most important relics in the sacred temple complexes? Crystal skulls speak to the imagination, but are some of these skulls and their stories too good to be true?