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Rhodochrosite with Fluorite, Quartz, Galena, Tetrahedrite etc.
stock #21.1-416
Wutong Mine, Liubao, Cangwu Co. Wuzoh Pref.
Guangxi Province, China
7.4 x 4.6 x 3.8 CM (cabinet)
price: $1750
Spring 23

Bladed Rhodochrosite crystals in a rosette cluster on contrasting matrix from older finds at the Wutong Mine. The Rhodochrosite blades have small bright purple Fluorites nestled between them. The overall look is colorful and vibrant in person. The largest Rhodo crystal is 1.6 CM across. There is contacting on the backside of the specimen, the front or display side is in fine shape, not damaged and nicely composed. A choice multi specie specimen from early finds at this important locality. This habit and style is unique in the mineral world, no other Rhodo locality has produced specimens that look anything like this. A great general display piece but especially a fine addition to any Chinese or Rhodochrosite suite.

Rhodochrosite with Quartz - vintage, classic specimen
stock #AX-35-459-(1407)
Baia Sprie
Maramures, Romania
9.1 x 7.4 x 3.8 CM (cabinet)
price: $950
Fall 22

Very fine Rhodochrosite on Quartz from the famed Wallace Gould Levison (NYC, USA) collection obtained by trade in 1894 from a Mr. Gruzig. The large matrix holds an open cavity with Rhodochrosite balls and sparkling small crystals mixed with Quartz. The original locality listed in Levisons collection ledger calls the locality Sieben Geberge in Hungary. He later amended his label to Felsobanyo, Hungary. This is now Baia Spirie, Romania. This period was a dynamic epoch in the Austrio-Hungarian Empire, so localities were often renamed as borders, languages and nationalities changed. No matter the locality changes, this is a very well-formed specimen in excellent condition. The original Levison handwritten label is attached to the piece, and we also include a photocopy of this page from his collection notes/ ledger. Levison was an important American mineral collector and inventor (first patented movie camera etc). This piece is his number 1407 from a collection that eventually reached over 5,500. In addition to being an attractive specimen this has well-documented provenance and a good historic pedigree. Better and a little more vivid in person.

Rhodochrosite on Quartz
stock #22.1-541
Pasto Bueno, Pampas, Pallasca Province
Ancash Department, Peru
4 x 2.1 x 1.6 (miniature)
price: $290
Fall 22

Super cute small miniature of a single terminated Quartz crystal decorated with red-pink Rhodochrosite crystals. The Rhodos are in the rhomb form, fairly sharp with some stepped edges, complete on all sides and undamaged. From the classic finds at Pasto Bueno (Peru), this is an nicely esthetic specimen of a style not seen in a long time.

Rhodochrosite - classic scalenohedral crystals
stock #22.1-359
N Chwaning Mine, Kalahari Fields, Kuruman
Northern Cape Province, South Africa
1.7 x 1 x .9 CM (thumbnail)
price: $480
Post Tucson 2022

A small but brilliant red thumbnail of gemmy Rhodochrosite from the N'Chwaning Mine (South Africa). This cluster of crystals has several perfect, complete terminations but there is some cleaving as well seen from one side. Despite many efforts to find more of this quality at the mines, nothing like these has been recovered for many years. These are highly sought after and larger examples are often priced in the mid 4 to 5 figures. This is a small but bright piece at a reasonable cost.

Rhodochrosite - scalenohedral crystals
stock #8.AE-769
Uchucchacua Mine, Oyon Province
Lima Department, Peru
4.2 x 2.8 x 2.3 (miniature)
price: $180
Fall 22

Sharp, gemmy crystals of Rhodocrosite are perched on contrasting black matrix. From the famed mines at Uchucchacua (Peru) these have fine glassy luster and are in good condition too. The habit is scalenohedral which is classic at this locale. Not perfect but despite some tiny chipping seen with a loupe the quality is nice overall. Much more affordable than typical for this locale (or any other).

Rhodochrosite with Fluorite and Quartz
stock #8.1-432
Wutong Mine, Liubao, Cangwu Co. Wuzoh Pref.
Xinjiang Autonomous Region, China
7.8 x 5.1 x 2.7 CM (cabinet)
price: $1250
Early summer 2021

A choice plate of red rhombohedral Rhodochrosite crystals with a purple Fluorite that adds a nice color accent. A very early specimen from the large find at Wutong, these Rhodos are very three dimensional, they stand above the matrix which is mostly Quartz some of which is in needle crystal. The color is a very deep red on many crystals, others are a little more pinkish red. Overall this is as vivid as we have seen from China with a hue comparable to many Sweet Home Mine Rhodos. The entire plate can be backlit to a glowing red, the crystals are mostly not transparent but translucent and cloudy inside. An attractive and colorful specimen and a good value.

Rhodochrosite with minor Silver, Fluorite and Quartz
stock #20.1-915
Wutong Mine, Liubao, Cangwu Co. Wuzoh Pref.
Guangxi Province, China
3.3 x 2 x 1.7 CM (miniature)
price: $320
new year 2021

An older specimen from the Wutong Mine (China) with very good pink to red Rhomb crystals. Close exam with magnification will find several very small crude crystals and masses of Silver on the underside. This is certainly not a display grade Silver specimen but more of interest as an accessory mineral on the Rhodos. This find was an important discovery and in the first zones exploited the crystals usually had a rhomb form while later finds tended to be more flattened or disk shaped. Overall in very good condition and with with some faces showing etching and brighter luster.

stock #20.1-606
Idaho Springs, Clear Creek County
Colorado, United States
1.4 x 1.2 x .8 CM (thumbnail)
price: $240
new year 2021

A single Rhodochrosite crystal which is a rather small thumbnail but is quite unusual, having a "melted" surface with etching and coming from an uncommon locality. This was collected in 1966 by Les Hitchings, he gives only Idaho Springs, Colorado as the locality, he collected three thumbnails there while on an extended trip, he was very proud of these pieces. The crystal is mostly transparent and gemmy, has good luster and a nice red color.