The most important rhodochrosite deposits are in Argentina, near San Luis, 144 miles (230 km) east of Mendoza. Rhodochrosite has also been found as stalagmites in the abandoned silver mines of the Incas. Other deposits are in Chile, Mexico, Peru, South Africa, and the United States. The transparent stones are usually faceted and are always in demand by collectors. The largest faceted rhodochrosite weighs 59.65cts. and is kept in a private collection in South Africa.
The name Rhodochrosite is derived from the Greek (rose colored).