Rhodonite was first discovered in the 1790’s in the Ural Mountains of Russia. It was called orletz by the locals, which is Russian for “the Eagle Stone”. It obtained this name because people began to notice that eagles in the region often carried small pieces of Rhodonite to their nests. It soon became tradition to place small Rhodonite stones in their babies’ cradles as well. The custom extended later to become a protective stone for travelers. It became the national stone of Russia in 1913. Rhodonite is accepted to be a stone of emotional healing, bringing one back to center during stressful times. It is a crucial “first aid stone” for calming emotional shock and panic, while providing support and spiritual grounding while dealing with painful issues. Rhodonite also resounds strongly with forgiveness, granting the soul the love it needs in order to heal. Moreover, it releases the wearer of self-destructive tendencies, resentment, and anger, providing insight to both sides of an issue to achieve enlightenment and conciliation.