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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.

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 Apatite, Fluorite, and Pyrite
stock #13.1-026
Wutong Mine, Liubao, Cangwu Co. Wuzoh Pref.
Guangxi Province, China
5 x 4.9 x 3.1 CM (miniature)
price: $920
new year 2021

A flat habit rhombohedral crystal of Rhodochrosite sits aesthetically on matrix. Tiny purple Fluorite and Pyrite is also on the front face of the Rhodo adding some character. The matrix has clusters of elongated white Apatites (not visible in the photos) mostly on the backside. These are vividly fluorescent (yellow) in long wave. The condition is excellent and the Rhodo is partly transparent. Better color than is usually seen, this piece was from the earliest finds of Rhodochrosite at Wudong. I do not think any Apatites were found in the later pockets.

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 -rhombic and etched forms
stock #AX-22-103
Wutong Mine, Liubao, Cangwu Co. Wuzoh Pref.
Guangxi Province, China
3 x 2.3 x 2.3 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
price: $420
Late Summer 2018

Deep red color, translucent to transparent and with fine form, a choice toenail sized Rhodo. From the Wuton (Wudong) mine that is no longer producing, but at one time this discovery made nice Rhodos much more affordable for many collectors. This piece has a pair of modified rhombs joined in a V shape. One is sharp and glassy with some stepped etching, the other is more heavily modified, etched and recrystallized. This is the style that was often compared to Rhodos from Sweet Home. There is a lot of similarity but the price is very much lower from this locale!

Rhodochrosite on Galena and Acanthite with Fluorite
stock #AX-22-109
Wutong Mine, Liubao, Cangwu Co. Wuzoh Pref.
Guizhou Province, China
6.6 x 5 x 3.8 CM (cabinet)
price: $560
Worldwide mix summer

An early find Chinese Rhodo with a deep rich red color set on a mix of Sulphides including Galena, Acanthite and Sphalerite. The early finds of Rhodochrosites from this region were associated with Silver minerals and sometimes native Silver as well. Later finds were much larger but did not have any Silver species. This has a good amount of Acanthite (Silver Sulphide) crystals and Silver rich Galena with melted look. The contrast is excellent and the Rhodochrosite crystals reach 2.9 CM. No more Rhodos are being found and this is a choice example of the earliest type from the upper zones.

Rhodochrosite- sharp rhombs with Quartz, Pyrite and Calcite
stock #AX-22-058
Wutong Mine, Liubao, Cangwu Co. Wuzoh Pref.
Guangxi Province, China
7.2 x 6 x 3.4 CM (cabinet)
price: $2600
Pre Holiday 2017

Intense red color and fine translucent Rhombs from early finds at the Wudong (Wutong) mine. This is one of the few pieces that can match the color and style of some good Sweet Home Mine specimens. Choice and in great condition as seen. The rhombs are just over 2.5 CM (an inch) and very esthetic in their placement. The Pyrite adds a golden sparkle and the overall display is very eyecatching. Later finds produced more pale red and flatter crystals. A less expensive alternative to a similar Colorado specimen but still a fine Rhodo!