A super toenail-sized (small miniature) specimen from the BEST modern find of the species as far as I am concerned, in a small 1991 pocket in Peru. Parallel growth of tabular, lustrous and translucent, rich pink rhodonite crystals, to 2 cm in length, highlight this specimen with just a bit of matrix. Ex. Sinotte collection.
Broken Hill, Yancowinna Co., New South Wales, Australia
Miniature, 3.4 x 3.0 x 2.7 cm
VERY GEMMY and lustrous, this deep cherry-red Rhodonite crystal on a crystalline Galena matrix is from the famous Broken Hill deposit of Australia. The large Rhodonite crystal is especially fine, and the exposed portion is an amazing 2.3 x 1.2 x .6 cm. As it is so old and rare in this quality, a small bit of contacting on one corner is certainly not detracting from this showy piece. These came out in the 1960s and earlier and are hard to get today. Formerly in the collection of A.L. McGuinness.
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 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.
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 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.
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
Chiurucu (Chiuruco) Mine, Huallanca, Bolognesi Province, Ancash Department, Peru
Small Cabinet, 7.0 x 5.5 x 4.0 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
Chiurucu Mine, Dos de Mayo Province, Huanuco Dept., Peru
Toenail, 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.
Toenail – A “gut feeling” but often overlaps between a large thumbnail and a small miniature
Miniature – Maximum 5.0 cm
Small Cabinet – Maximum 9.4 cm
Cabinet – Maximum 18.0 cm
Large Cabinet – Over 18.0 cm
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