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Rhodochrosite
stock #18.1-538
N Chwaning II Mine, Kalahari Manganese Filed
Northern Cape Province, South Africa
9 x 7.4 x 2.3 CM (cabinet)
price: $1850
new year 2021

An excellent cabinet sized Rhodochrosite that is of an unusual habit for N'Chwaning. Rhodo crystals fully cover the face of this large plate of Manganite matrix. From the display side just a sliver of the underlying black Manganite crystals can be seen. The hundreds of tiny sparkling Rhodochrosite crystals are sharp transparent scalenohedra most being free standing when seen under magnification. In excellent condition, there is no damage found by naked eye and under magnification only micro bruises on edges can be found with some difficulty. The sparkling luster and undulating surface make an attractive cabinet sized specimen from this famed mine. The color is not the intense red that some N'Chwaning Rhodos have but is a good red to pink-rose hue. This is also not a 5 figure specimen it is a very good value for a sizable, undamaged Rhodo from this famed, classic locale.

Rhodochrosite with Fluorite, Pyrite etc.
stock #AX-22-050
Wutong Mine, Liubao, Cangwu Co. Wuzoh Pref.
Guangxi Province, China
6.2 x 4.2 x 2.4 CM (cabinet)
price: $1650
new year 2021

A well-composed pink-red Rhodochrosite with both equant rhombohedral crystals and the flattened habit. In great undamaged condition, there are a few small Fluorites on the display face that are transparent light violet dodecahedral crystals. Very good luster for a Chinese Rhodo, this is a a wonderful esthetic specimen with a great visual pop in person.

Rhodochrosite with Fluorite and Goethite
stock #16.1-498-(CN543)
Santa Eulalia, Aquiles Serdan
Chihuahua, Mexico
7.8 x 5.8 x 4 CM (cabinet)
price: $280
new year 2021

Small bright red transparent Rhodochrosite crystals scattered in an open vug on a dark matrix. The Rhodochrosites are perched on tiny fingers and knobs of Goethite with a few small crystals of pale colored Fluorite making a nice addition. Minimal damage, the specimen displays well; it could also be trimmed to a miniature size but we like it just like this. Ex Charles M Noll collection, his label is also included.

Rhodochrosite with Quartz
stock #10.1-194
Wutong Mine, Liubao, Cangwu Co. Wuzoh Pref.
Guangxi Province, China
2 x 1.6 x .8 CM (thumbnail)
price: $155
Spring 2020

Small, but very cute, cluster of sharp and slightly-etched Rhodochrosite rhombs. Several faces show complex stepped modifications that add extra pop. Aside from a tiny spray of Quartz crystals, there is no matrix, just Rhodochrosite. This thumbnail from an important find at Wuzoh in 2009, this was one of the last of this form, as most later pockets have more flattened and disk-like crystals. Nice color, form and presentation, if this was larger, it would be a very costly specimen!

Rhodochrosite stalactite
stock #20.1-136
Capillitas Mine, Andagala
Catamarca, Argentina
7.7 x 3.3 x 1.4 CM (cabinet)
price: $390
Spring 2020

A pair of intergrown "stalactite" habit Rhodochrosites with well defined lathlike crystals in stacked arrangement. From the famed mine at Capillitas, which is still the only place on Earth that this form is found. The bottom or base of the pair is broken and shows the concentric banding that is so sought after in the lapidary trade, but the form and larger than average crystals makes this a choice mineral specimen. The color is a pink to orange hue on one edge, the other sides have a secondary coating of a white to grey Manganese oxides. The unusual structure of intersecting fingers makes for an esthetic display piece. In excellent condition, the crystals are undamaged save for the point of attachment.

SOLD Rhodochrosite on Analcime
stock #SOLD 20.1-080
Mont Saint-Hilaire, Monteregie
Quebec, Canada
4.6 x 3.6 x 2.5 CM (miniature)
price: $0
Spring 2020

A killer miniature with a main Rhodochrosite rhomb 3.2 CM in diameter which is perfectly perched on a cluster of Analcime crystals. The Rhodos are opaque in some areas and translucent in others, perhaps due to some dark inclusions (Birnessite?). The luster is in person impressively bright and glassy, there are some subtle striations and growth structures as well that add interest in person. The faces show a color range and mottling from dark reds, pinks and close to black in spots. Rhodochrosite at Mont St. Hilaire took many forms and color hues, but such well formed, sharp textbook crystals are not common at all. This is an exceptional showy piece in remarkable clean condition.

Rhodochrosite with Fluorite, Quartz etc
stock #13.1-136
Mine X, Mt Bress, Alma, Park County
Colorado, United States
11 x 7.1 x 3.2 CM (cabinet)
price: $1450
Spring 2020

A large plate of complex Fluorites crystals mixed with multiple minerals including Rhodochrosite Rhombs, Sphalerite, Quartz and misc Sulphides. The Fluorites are mostly a pale purple to almost colorless but a few smaller crystals have a distinct pink color caused by being formed on top of Rhodochrosite. Nearly all the crystals on this plate are lightly frosted and have a slightly "melted" look. This locality is located on the same mountain as the famed Sweet Home and Detroit City Mines. This locality is a small propect with minimal devolopment has been worked for specimens by a small crew for a few weeks each year. They choose to not name or provide exact location of the site to protect it. The Fluorites are clearly different in habit from most that come from the mountain and the overall esthetics of this piece are quite choice.

Rhodochrosite- scalenohedral form crystals
stock #10.1-193
Uchucchacua Mine, Oyon Province
Lima Department, Peru
6.3 x 4.2 x 3.4 CM (cabinet)
price: $360


Sharp and gemmy red Rhodochrosite crystals on a contrasting matrix. The crystals are mostly formed as Scalenohedral but take a few other forms as well. Uchucchacua is one of the worlds best Rhodo localities for Scalenohedrons, but not as well known (or expensive) as South Africa. Several crystals are partly coated with a thin crust of what seems to be Calcite and makes a nice contrast.