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A fine large lustrous translucent doubly terminated rose red crystal
Franklin, Sussex Co., New Jersey
Miniature, 5.4 x 4.2 x 2.8 cm
A fine, large, lustrous and translucent, doubly terminated, rose red crystal of rhodonite, measuring 5 cm in length has smaller rhodonite crystals attached as well as a rounded, lustrous black franklinite, measuring 1.7 cm in length. Contact to a smaller rhodonite crystal does little to diminish the quality and rarity of this fine old piece. Ex. Robert Trimingham collection, obtained from the well known collector with a great eye in SF area, Paul Patchick, in 1971. The color and nice luster are notable here.
A beautiful crystal circa 2010 finds old manganese mining locality
Conselheiro Lafaiete, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Thumbnail, 2.1 x 2.1 x 0.6 cm
A beautiful crystal from circa-2010 finds at this very old manganese mining locality in Brazil, with glowing pinkish-red color and a superb front display face. The gemminess and luster is phenomenal here! The back appears to be a very clean and sharp, although there is very minor edgewear in spots, but this is nevertheless a very showy crystal among the top thumbnails of the species, in my opinion. The aesthetics are excellent, and it could almost be cut , rather than mounted as a specimen. Better in person, as well, this is among the finer crystals for the size - I should know, as I handled much of the finds of over $1million worth of this material when it came out. Few crystals in ANY size were so gemmy, and most theat were went straight to the gemcutters before I could buy them at the mine.
An excellent specimen unusually good aesthetics material famous 1998
Chiurucu Mine, Dos de Mayo Province, Huanuco Dept., Peru
Small Cabinet, 8.7 x 6 x 5.5 cm
An excellent specimen with unusually good aesthetics for this material, from a famous 1998 find at this mine. The Rhodonites have a sharp, bladed habit, with the blades reaching a full 2.5 cm in length, though usually not fully exposed due to the roseate arrangement of adjacent crystals. The color is an excellent, rich pink-red, and the luster is equally good. Many of the blades are decorated with totally gemmy, 2 mm Quartz crystals, which add greatly to the aesthetics. From the Soregaroli collection, which was rich in fine Peruvian specimens, this is one of the better pieces I have seen in awhile. Few good ones are on the market now, as they can only come as collections are recycled. It is truly one of the most collectible and colorful of Peruvian minerals.
An old classic seldom sale today This specimen features sharp
Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia
Small Cabinet, 7.0 x 5.6 x 4.9 cm
An old classic that we seldom see for sale today! This specimen features sharp rhodonite crystals to 3 cm, encased in galena. Many came out, but over 60 years ago. Joe Budd photos.
This s heyday Sterling Hill Franklin Mines WW1 This specimen Princeton
Sterling Hill Mine, Franklin, Sussex County, New Jersey, USA
Small Cabinet, 9.0 x 5.9 x 4.7 cm
This one's from the heyday of the Sterling Hill and Franklin Mines before WW1. This specimen, which once was in the Princeton University's Peabody Museum collection, is accompanied by an old label dating to that time. A cluster of lustrous, rich pink-colored rhodonite crystals to 3 cm in length, is associated with minor calcite and franklinite. Only this large crystal is complete, however the accent of the color of the matrix it shoots out from is a nice touch. The historical aspect of this piece is compelling as a USA classic.
An intergrown matrix splendent dark gray galena crystals 8 mm lustrous
Broken Hill Mine, New South Wales, Australia
Small Cabinet, 9.6 x 6.8 x 4.7 cm
An intergrown matrix of splendent, dark gray galena in crystals to 8 mm across, and lustrous, translucent, rose-red rhodonite is highlighted by two rhodonite crystals. The first is a doubly-terminated crystal measuring 1.6 cm in length. The second is a glassy and gemmy rose-red crystal, which measures 1.8 cm in length. These gem rhodonites predate WW1 and come from the early mining at Broken Hill. VERY FEW ever turn up. This is from the historic collection of Herb Obodda.
Martin Mine, Chiurucu, Huanzala, Huanuco, Peru
Miniature, 4.5 x 4.0 x 2.7 cm
Martin Mine, Chiurucu, Huanzala, Huanuco, Peru
Miniature, 4.9 x 3.7 x 2.7 cm
Rhodonite rarely large gem sections facet stones despite simplistic
Morro da Mina mine, Brazil
Thumbnail, 8.8 x 4.1 mm ; 1.00 carats
Rhodonite is rarely found in large enough gem sections to facet stones, and despite is simplistic chemistry, it is a relatively rare mineral. The only gem quality Rhodonite that I've seen is from the Morro da Mina mine in Brazil. These stones are rarely eye clean, but they are gem quality Rhodonite and very well known among rare gem collectors. This particular stone has a few slight inclusions, but the color is a rich pink (very similar to smaller Sweet Home Rhodos). The cut on the stone is an Oval cut. There's truly only one mine where you can get gems of this material in the world. I must say that since the stone is somewhat small it was not the easiest gem to photograph, and it does look very nice in person, even though the photos are a bit fuzzy. Nonetheless, it is a beautiful rare gem to add to a rare stone collection. Keep in mind that not all Rhodonite is pink, as there are localities that produce dark brown Rhodonite which is not nearly as attractive as this material
Rhodonite deservedly famous specimens highly desirable came good color
Chiurucu (Chiuruco) Mine, Huallanca, Bolognesi Province, Ancash Department, Peru
Small Cabinet, 7 x 5.5 x 4 cm
Rhodonite from this mine is deservedly famous, and the specimens are highly desirable when they came with good color and sharp crystals. This is a piece from finds a few years ago that has superb, sharp crystals to 2 cm, in a beautiful spray atop a small cast of matrix. The sheer impact of the color is noticeable from across a room. The color is more red than pink, and would be at the top of the color scale for the material. Much of what you see is more pink, on the market. Also, the luster here is about as good as I have seen for the material in recent years, as it has come from a trickle of pockets mined by hand since the major mining efforts here stopped. So, overall this is a beautiful specimen, in a good size range, with a fair significance for the modern finds here. Joe Budd photos
At 4 26 carats relatively large clean gemstone new finds came 2007
Morro da Mina Mine, Conselheiro Lafaiete (old Queluz de Minas), Minas Gerais, Brazil
Thumbnail, 1.3 x 0.8 x 0.5 cm
At 4.26 carats, this is a relatively large and clean gemstone from the new finds which came out over about 2007-2009 from this old mine. This cut stone is a rare large example for the species by any previous standard, and they are relatively inexpensive now while the mines are producing in Brazil. When this find is finished, there is no reason why the gems (and crystals) shouldn't shoot higher in valuations. By any previous standard, these are world class for the species and are frankly dirt cheap compared to anything even remotely comparable from the older finds in Australia. Stones such as this exist from older finds, only in extremely limited quantities and astronomical prices. Joe Budd photos
I started seeing dribbles rhodonite cleavage fragments 2005 Formerly
Morro da Mina Mine, Conselheiro Lafaiete (old Queluz de Minas), Minas Gerais, Brazil
Miniature, 5 x 4.4 x 3.1 cm
I first started seeing dribbles of rhodonite cleavage fragments from this mine in 2005. Formerly, the mine had been worked for manganese, then closed fo rdecades. The rhodonite cutting rough provided a new reason to prospect here. The cutting rough came to market first, and only later did a few sporadic pockets yield these giant, cherry red crystals. They were always rare, and to my knowledge no more than half a dozen really fine pockets were found over the last 5 years of hard mining at this very old manganese mine. I obtained 4 of those pockets, myself, with an agent camped out at the source. This particular crystal is one that came out in 2008, and I handled at that time. It is a dramatic piece that is very fat, and thus very juicy with the top cherry-red color. The edges are transparent while the core is translucent. Like most of the crystals mined here, the edges are contacted due to the extremely tight pockets and narrow room to grow. Although contacted on the left and with some breakaway damage on the lower edges to the sides, this crystal displays dramatically from the front, and sits either flat or horizontally showing the longest axis as the top, like an inverted pyramid. Set on its custom display base, it is a very impressive piece, and literally radiates color in a case. Joe Budd photos
From famous 1991 killer thumbnail large translucent lustrous crystals
Chiurucu Mine, Dos de Mayo Province, Huanuco Dept., Peru
Thumbnail, 2.8 x 2.6 x 2.1 cm
From the famous 1991 find here, this is a killer thumbnail with large, translucent, lustrous crystals to just over an inch in cluster. Only this find had such large crystals with such sharp, isolated terminations and rich color, though later finds produced more quantity of other styles. Complete all around, and gorgeous. Joe Budd Photos.