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Rhodochrosite from Wuzhou, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China [http://img.irocks.com/pics/cr01a.jpg]
Wuzhou, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China
Miniature, 3.5 x 3.0 x 1.4 cm
A sharp cluster where the major 3.5 cm crystal is propped up by smaller crystals behind it, laced with gemmy calcite on the backside. It is a floater, complete all around!
Rhodochrosite from Wuzhou, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China [http://img.irocks.com/pics/cr05a.jpg]
Wuzhou, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China
Miniature, 3.8 x 3.3 x 2.9 cm
This is a rare piece - few matrix specimens were recovered, it seems. This one has fat disc-shaped crystals to 2.3 cm on matrix. They have a thin white coating in some places, that may come off in acid if one wants to try, but i like the softened look of it and the pink hue the thin white coating casts in combination with the red rhodo. Its unusual! Cheaper than it might be because it has minor damage to the left edge of the front-middle crystal.
Rhodochrosite from Wuzhou, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China [http://img.irocks.com/pics/cr07a.jpg]
Wuzhou, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China
Small Cabinet, 6.4 x 3.6 x 1.5 cm
Another HUGE floater specimen of Chinese rhodo! The form, like the above, is just exctremely elongated and unusual for a rhodo. This one is a compound cluster, a floater that is complete and terminated all around, composed of several intergrown crystals. This is a most impressive piece, in person. Again,we have a strange association with what appears to be pegmatitic cleavelandite.
Alabandite with Rhodochrosite from Uchucchacua Mine, Oyon Province, Lima Department, Peru [http://img.irocks.com/new2010/D10156e.jpg]
Uchucchacua Mine, Oyon Province, Lima Department, Peru
Small Cabinet, 7.1 x 6.4 x 3.9 cm
A single sharp crystal to 1.9 cm, perched atop massive alabandite and accented by a sharp rhodo rhomb, make this an appealing display-quality specimen. THIS IS A VERY SHARP crystal, way above average for this already near-miraculous find for the species. This is one of the sharpest pieces I saw - many crystals approaching this size show etching or cracking on the major surface planes. Not this.
Rhodochrosite with Quartz from Sunnyside Mine, Silverton, Colorado, USA [http://img.irocks.com/pics/denv08-14a.jpg]
Sunnyside Mine, Silverton, Colorado, USA
Cabinet, 9.8 x 7.0 x 6.6 cm
A significant large specimen with REALLY nice aesthetics from this classic locality. The rhodo crystals form veins running in crevasses through the quartz, showing as elegant clusters on the stark contrasting matrix of crystallized quartz (some of which may be casts after fluorite). the overall contrast of the colorful and sharp rhodos with snow white, cauliflower-like quartz, is visually striking. Old classic material, rare today in this size and condition.
Rhodochrosite from Sweet Home Mine, Alma, Park County, Colorado [http://img.irocks.com/new2011/RHODOCHROSITE-SHM-8-61CTS-G33-6.jpg]
Sweet Home Mine, Alma, Park County, Colorado
Thumbnail, 17 x 9 x 8 mm; 8.61 cts
Classic material from a classic, but now closed, locality ! Rhodochrosite is typically regarded as among the most beautiful of mineral specimens� and its legendary color make it a spectacular gem. This is a rather large-sized stone in an attractive marquise cut. The photos, although accurate, don't do this rare collector's gem justice because the camera enhances flaws that the human eye does not spot as readily. It is a super bright jewel of a gorgeous red-pink color. The gem is also exceptionally clean for the species and location (again, given the size, some internal flaws are acceptable. And the over-accuracy of the high-resolution professional photography enhances those small flaws which in person are not so obvious). In sum, this is a very "sweet" stone of exceptional size and quality. A must for any serious rough-and-cut set, or collection of connoisseur gems. They can only go up in value ow that the mine is closed, and few large stones of this size were ever available even in its heyday. Cut by Paul Cory.
Rhodochrosite from N'Chwaning II Mine, Kuruman, Kalahari manganese fields, Northern Cape Province, South Africa [http://img.irocks.com/new2011/RHODOCHROSITE-NCHWANING-9-41CTS-G45-4.jpg]
N'Chwaning II Mine, Kuruman, Kalahari manganese fields, Northern Cape Province, South Africa
Thumbnail, 15 x 11 x 7 mm; 9.41 cts
An absolutely superb and irreplacable rarity because of its size and quality, this gem dates to the few pockets of large crystals found in 1978-1980. Cut by Spectrum Award-winning cutter Mark Kaufman, this rich red gem is an impressive oval that has remarkable presence in person and more internal brightness than you would expect for often-sleepy rhodochrosite gems. The polish is amazing , highly glassy. Another top quality collector's stone suitable for any sophisticated collector or a rough-and-cut display. Clean and bright and an excellent value in today's market.
Rhodochrosite with Copper from Hesse, Rhineland, Germany [http://img.irocks.com/2014-updates/J14/J1411a.jpg]
Hesse, Rhineland, Germany
Miniature, 5.1 x 4.4 x 3.9 cm
Emplaced aesthetically on an ocherous limonite matrix is a superbly crystallized pocket containing scalenohedrons of lustrous and translucent, orangey-red rhodochrosite, to 9 mm in length. A few of the rhodo crystals host greenish copper crystals to 4 mm in length perched on them! These fine old German rhodos, prior to 1900, set a world standard for the species (this may have been mined much earlier, though who can say now?). From the well known collections of Norm Dawson and Howard Belsky, this piece was last on the market over 30 years ago. The combination with copper adds a very fine bonus to what is already a classic old rhodochrosite.
Rhodochrosite from Madem-Lakkos Mine, Stratoni, Chalkidiki, Macedonia, Greece [http://img.irocks.com/2014-updates/J14/J1418a.jpg]
Madem-Lakkos Mine, Stratoni, Chalkidiki, Macedonia, Greece
Small Cabinet, 9.0 x 7.6 x 5.2 cm
Perched nicely on matrix is a spherical mound of sparkling, light pink rhodochrosite. The spherical or botryoidal mound measures 6 cm across. A very aesthetic locality specimen for the species! Collected prior to 1980, this is from an old Greek collection that was recently brought to market.
Rhodochrosite on Quartz from Madem-Lakkos Mine, Stratoni, Chalkidiki, Macedonia, Greece [http://img.irocks.com/2014-updates/J14/J1421a.jpg]
Madem-Lakkos Mine, Stratoni, Chalkidiki, Macedonia, Greece
Cabinet, 11.0 x 9.3 x 6.2 cm
Emplaced on a matrix of gray drusy quartz are several elegant spherical aggregates, to 2 cm across, of lustrous, light pink rhodochrosite. Collected prior to 1980, this is from an old Greek collection that was recently brought to market.
Rhodochrosite from True Fissure Mine, Phillipsburg, Montana, USA [http://img.irocks.com/2014-updates/J14/J1422a.jpg]
True Fissure Mine, Phillipsburg, Montana, USA
Small Cabinet, 7.4 x 5.6 x 2.0 cm
A rare locality piece, probably from the early to mid-1950s. Covering all of the underlying matrix is a series of intergrown, lustrous, bright pink rhodochrosite crystals. Ex. The University of Arizona Mineral Collection to me, in their culling down of excess specimens not on display.
Andradite garnet pseudo. Rhodochrosite with Gaudefroyite from Wessels Mine, Kalahari Manganese Fields, South Africa [http://img.irocks.com/pics/k281a.jpg]
Wessels Mine, Kalahari Manganese Fields, South Africa
Miniature, 5.6 x 2.1 x 1.3 cm
We had only two such specimens in the whole collection of thousands of pieces, of these strange cast pseudomorphs of minutely crystallized, sparkling, andradite garnet that have replaced twinned rhodochrosite crystals. I had only ever seen 2 others , before. These look just like the famous pseudo-triangular crystals one saw from Mt St Hilaire in Quebec, in the 1980s. But, made of garnet! This one is shaped like a shield, very tapered, with the interior completely lined with crystals of gaudefroyite that stick out to one side.
Nenadkevichite on Rhodochrosite from Mont St. Hilaire, Quebec, Canada [http://img.irocks.com/pics/]
Mont St. Hilaire, Quebec, Canada
Thumbnail, 1.2 x 0.9 x 0.6 cm
9 mm crystal on nice matrix
Nenadkevichite, Aegerine, Rhodochrosite from Mont St. Hilaire, Quebec, Canada [http://img.irocks.com/pics/]
Mont St. Hilaire, Quebec, Canada
Thumbnail, 1.6 x 1.0 x 0.9 cm
Sharp doubly-terminated 7mm crystal perched on aegerine! Smaller crystals as well, are present.
Rhodochrosite on Pectolite from Mont St. Hilaire, Quebec, Canada [http://img.irocks.com/pics/]
Mont St. Hilaire, Quebec, Canada
Miniature, 4.2 x 2.5 x 1.6 cm
Small Cabinet, 6 x 5 x 4 cm An arborescent cluster, complete all around, of stacked rhodo rhombohedra. A very good rhodo specimen for the locality, especially as they are even more rare on matrix!
Rhodochrosite from Mont St. Hilaire, Quebec, Canada [http://img.irocks.com/pics/]
Mont St. Hilaire, Quebec, Canada
Small Cabinet, 6.2 x 5.5 x 3.9 cm
Large Thumbnail/Small Miniature, 2.8 x 2.5 x 0.3 cm A superb example of this odd "trigonal" habit of rhodochrosite, semitranslucent and complete all around, obtained directly from Ernie Schlicter who collected the pocket in the late 1970's. These specimens of flat rhodochrosite from Mt. St-Hilaire appear to be contact twins,; see Mineralogical Record 14:363-4 and 21:332-3.
Shigaite with Rhodochrosite from N’Chwaning Mine, Kalahari, South Africa [http://img.irocks.com/pics/rare08-2-61a.jpg]
N’Chwaning Mine, Kalahari, South Africa
Small Cabinet, 5.6 x 4.4 x 2.6 cm
This specimen has impressively large, wine-red crystals of the rare manganese species shigaite, ensconced on attractive, sparkling manganite blades and accented by rhodochrosite. It is from a small 1993 pocket and is said to be one of the best of that pocket . In fact, this was said by Charlie Key himself who brought out the majority of pieces at the time, and then he KEPT THIS PIECE until selling a South African assemblage suite from the collection a few years ago to Harvard, from which this piece came to me because the donor who bought the group kept a few things. An important specimen, this piece at one time was considered one of the world's great specimens for the species and from the only great find for the species. This has changed, only slightly, recently. It still is significant, though others have been found recently of a different style. The new ones are more gracile and fragile-looking (almost like hexagonal red mica blades) although they have a metallic lustre and brighter color, whereas these crystals are more robustly 3-dimensional and darker wine-red. Also this matrix association is unique to the 1993 pocket which really did redefine the species in terms of quality compared to anything imagined previously from micros found in Japan. Another example from this famous pocket is illustrated in the F John Barlow Collection book, in his chapter on South Africa, and is also on this website (item T08-68) . The specimens were dispersed, as you can see, into the major collectors' hands of the time. Charlie, however, kept a few - among them this one.
Nenadkevichite with Rhodochrosite, Aegerine, Elpidite from Mont St. Hilaire, Quebec, Canada [http://img.irocks.com/pics/rare08-2-65a.jpg]
Mont St. Hilaire, Quebec, Canada
Miniature, 3.1 x 2.1 x 1.7 cm
This specimen contains what are by far and away among the largest reported crystals of the species, as do other specimens from the remarkable find of 2003 by MSH specialist collector Gilles Haineult. These crystals are to 8 mm in size and are nice and fat as well, with sharp terminations and good lustre! Previous examples have usually been at the 1-2mm size level or less! These are off the charts for the species. The matrix was extremely loose in the pocket and so nearly all recovered specimens are thumbnails (from which I cherrypicked the best 10 or so back at the time). This was one of the best larger specimens (in terms of XL size and overall coverage) of any I know to have sold, all of which were collected by Haineault in July of 2003. However, I missed out on this particular specimen which went into the MSH collection of James Zigras, from whom I recently obtained it in exchange. The identity has been solidly confirmed and they stand as exceptionally beautiful and significant examples of the species. Matrix associations include superb twinned epidiymite crystals and aegerine.
Rhodochrosite with Barite from Wuzhou, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China [http://img.irocks.com/pics/tcm01a.jpg]
Wuzhou, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China
Miniature, 5.7 x 4.4 x 2.3 cm
A SHARP, beautiful cherry-red , elongated disc-shaped crystal from this small find. Most unusual in form, compared to other worldwide rhodo locales where you may see this habit, but not in such sizeable crystals. This is a particularly fine example for this locality because of the size, good color, overall form, and completeness all around. Both sides shown - it is almost a floater with just a small attachment point on the bottom. Also, the barite association is a novel and nice touch!
Rhodochrosite from Hotazel Mine, Kalahari manganese fields, Northern Cape Province, South Africa [http://img.irocks.com/new2010/tmu58a.jpg]
Hotazel Mine, Kalahari manganese fields, Northern Cape Province, South Africa
Small Cabinet, 5.8 x 4.1 x 3.0 cm
This rhodochrosite forms a 3-dimensional, velvety, translucent, thick mass of jelly-like color around an opaque pink rhodochrosite core. It is botryoidal at first glance, but actually it IS crystallized, just with crystals in such a flattened habit that they blend together seamlessly at first glance...rather, more like flows together. It is a very unusual style, characteristic of early find shere prior to 1980 and the major finds of other habits at the nearby NChwaning mines. The lustre on this is difficult to describe or convey in photos. Silky and shimmering are two adjectives that come close. ex. Desmond Sacco collection (whose family controls the mines and manganese deposits there) . This is a distinctly darker red color than most South African rhodo, more maroon than pure red.
Rhodochrosite with Hubnerite and Quartz from Sweet Home Mine, Mount Bross, Alma District, Park Co., Colorado, USA [http://img.irocks.com/new2011/Rhodochrosite-SHM-Colorado-48mm-JB206-04.jpg]
Sweet Home Mine, Mount Bross, Alma District, Park Co., Colorado, USA
Miniature, 4.8 x 4.5 x 3.6 cm
A cherry-red, translucent rhomb of rhodochrosite is the center of this superb, display-quality miniature, which is both aesthetic and significant for the size and price range. The crystal is 4 cm across, and the associated hubnerite is 1.6 cm long. The rhodochrosite is complete all around, 360 degrees, and shows sharp stepped growth which is rather unusual in rhodo crystals of this size from Sweet Home. The result equates to more faces, and more reflections. The whole crystal is translucent and glows when backlit. Moreover, the edges are actually see-through gemmy. For balance, color, size, it would be VERY hard to find a miniature as choice and special as this one, in the price range. Most specimens sold today are simply mediocre miniatures, just an "example" of a rhodo. This piece, I have always felt was special. It was formerly in the private collection of a retired mineral dealer. Joe Budd photos.
Rhodochrosite with Fluorite and Apatite from Fluorite Raise, Sweet Home Mine, Alma, Park County, Colorado [http://img.irocks.com/new2011/Rhodochrosite-SweetHomeMine-Colorado-65mm-JB297-08.jpg]
Fluorite Raise, Sweet Home Mine, Alma, Park County, Colorado
Small Cabinet, 8.5 x 6 x 4.1 cm
This specimen comes from a unique pocket hit in the late 1990s, featuring small hexagonal APATITES perched on the rhodochrosite, with a bonus of little jewel-like cubic purple fluorites for accent. The three larger crystals reach 2 cm across, and have very good cherry-red color, not the more commonly seen (today) pale, partially-ripe strawberry hue. This specimen has been in a private collection for some time, and was recently given to me for sale. I believe their asking price to be very fair, in light of recent prices I have seen on specimens remaining with the former miner, as they also are buying back specimens in the marketplace for resale now. Comes with custom lucite base. NOTE: I am selling this for a friend and i think he lowballed the price. this is, i feel, a pretty good deal...
Rhodochrosite from Mt. St. Hilaire, Quebec, Canada [http://img.irocks.com/2014-updates/TUC14/Rhodochrosite-MtStHilaire-Canada-6 cm-JB1213-07.jpg]
Mt. St. Hilaire, Quebec, Canada
Small Cabinet, 6.0 x 4.1 x 2.9 cm
This is a highly unusual rhodochrosite that would be very hard to place by locality, if handed to you without a label. The color is typical of MSH, but the stark rhombohedral habit is not. In fact, this is one of only a very few from here I have seen, with sharp and untwinned crystals. It has a robust, brick red color and sharp form. The rhodochrosite is on a feldspar matrix. Old material, from the Bob Whitmore Collection. Joe Budd photos.
Rhodochrosite from Santa Rita Mine, Casapalca, Peru [http://img.irocks.com/2014-updates/TUC14/Rhodochrosite-SantaRitaMine-Peru-65mm-JB1257-06.jpg]
Santa Rita Mine, Casapalca, Peru
Small Cabinet, 6.5 x 5.1 x 2.4 cm
This specimen is a classic old mid-1990's-era rhodo, from Peru. Although many came out at the time, few had any aesthetics to speak of. This style of Rhodochrosite with slightly curving rhombohedra and a nice red-pink color, is unique to the mine. Most specimens also had damage, or clunky matrix. Overall, this is a very aesthetic example from the old find. From the Tom Hall collection. Joe Budd photos.
Rhodochrosite with Calcite from Madem Laccos Mine, Chalkidiki Prefecture, Peninsula, Greece [http://img.irocks.com/2014-updates/TUC14/Rhodochrosite-MademLaccos-Greece-125mm-JB1264-07.jpg]
Madem Laccos Mine, Chalkidiki Prefecture, Peninsula, Greece
Cabinet, 12.5 x 7.9 x 7.0 cm
This is a unique specimen, unlike any I have seen from this locality. This locality is famous for huge rhombohedra of rhodochrosite, but this piece is composed of a hundred small rhombs, in pyramid-like growths one upon the other. It is all capped by little tufts of sparkly, translucent, calcite! The rhodochrosite has a sparkle to it, as if minute sugar grains were sprinkled all over it - this is more visible in person. Because of the sparkle, the piece reflects more light than you would think and looks more pale in the photo than in person as an artifact of the camera vs. the human eye. Joe Budd photos.
Rhodochrosite from Mont St. Hilaire, Quebec, Canada [http://img.irocks.com/usa1/usa50abg.jpg]
Mont St. Hilaire, Quebec, Canada
Miniature, 5.0 x 3.5 x 3.2 cm
This is an unusually robust, sharp , and large rhodochrosite from a famous small pocket collected by Ernie Schlichter and friends, if I recall in the late 1980s. The crystals are unique for rhodochrosite, sharply twinned as you can see. Most are wafer thin, and thumbnail-sized. Only a few crystals in the pocket were as robust as this one (to 1.5 cm thick!), and as large. This one was kept by Ernie until sold with his collection, around 2003. It is an extreme rarity both for a Canadian specimen, and for rhodo in general.