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Rhodonite (unusually large specimen) from Chiurucu Mine, Huallanca, Bolognesi Province, Ancash Department, Peru [http://img.irocks.com/new2011/Rhodonite-Peru-130mm-3.jpg]
Chiurucu Mine, Huallanca, Bolognesi Province, Ancash Department, Peru
Cabinet, 13 x 9 x 8 cm
This large cluster of rhodonite is in fact the finest such specimen in this size range that I have seen come from the finds here in the early 2000's. The curving 3-dimensional shape is appealing and really lights up a case with color. Crystals to 2 cm are relatively large in size, and the terminations are very sharp all around. I think it was 2005 or 2006 that a straggler pocket of this material was last hit, of any quality such as this - but most specimens have always been small in size. Historic finds of a more tightly packed, robust style of crystals were found in 1991, and further slender and more pale crystals were found in 1995 and 1998. But few specimens from the later finds had the COLOR impact, of this one, which compares favorably to the older 1991 material which is both rare and very highly priced when it does turn up. Joe Budd photos
Rhodonite from Chiurucu (Chiuruco) Mine, Huallanca, Bolognesi Province, Ancash Department, Peru [http://img.irocks.com/new2011/Rhodonite-Peru-69mm-4.jpg]
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 lustre 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 singificance for the modern finds here. Joe Budd photos
Rhodonite in Galena from Broken Hill Mine, New South Wales, Australia [http://img.irocks.com/2014-updates/J14/J1440i.jpg]
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 minign at Broken Hill. VERY FEW ever turn up. This is from the historic collection of Herb Obodda.
Rhodonite from Sterling Hill Mine, Franklin, Sussex County, New Jersey, USA [http://img.irocks.com/2014-updates/J14/J1471a.jpg]
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.
Rhodonite from Martin Mine, Chiurucu, Huanzala, Huanuco, Peru [http://img.irocks.com/pics/rdn05a.jpg]
Martin Mine, Chiurucu, Huanzala, Huanuco, Peru
Miniature, 4.4 x 2.7 x 2.5 cm
Rhodonite, Calcite from Martin Mine, Chiurucu, Huanzala, Huanuco, Peru [http://img.irocks.com/pics/rdn12a.jpg]
Martin Mine, Chiurucu, Huanzala, Huanuco, Peru
Miniature, 4.9 x 3.7 x 2.7 cm
Rhodonite from Martin Mine, Chiurucu, Huanzala, Huanuco, Peru [http://img.irocks.com/pics/rdn13a.jpg]
Martin Mine, Chiurucu, Huanzala, Huanuco, Peru
Miniature, 3.7 x 2.6 x 1.8 cm
Rhodonite from Martin Mine, Chiurucu, Huanzala, Huanuco, Peru [http://img.irocks.com/pics/rdt01a.jpg]
Martin Mine, Chiurucu, Huanzala, Huanuco, Peru
Miniature, 4.5 x 4.0 x 2.7 cm
Rhodonite from Morro da Mina mine, Brazil [http://img.irocks.com/new2010/rlkg139a.jpg]
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 and Galena from Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia [http://img.irocks.com/pics/sn74a.jpg]
Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia
Thumbnail, 2.7 x 2.6 x 1.9 cm
Classic combination piece from old Broken Hill, hard to obtain in this quality! the rhodonite is translucent, and a riveting wine red color!.
Rhodonite (gem) from Morro da Mina Mine, Conselheiro Lafaiete (old Queluz de Minas), Minas Gerais, Brazil [http://img.irocks.com/new2011/RHODONITE-BRAZIL-4.26CTS-JB165-04.jpg]
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
Rhodonite from Morro da Mina Mine, Conselheiro Lafaiete (old Queluz de Minas), Minas Gerais, Brazil [http://img.irocks.com/new2011/Rhodonite-MorroDaMinaMine-Brazil-44mm-JB288-10.jpg]
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
Rhodonite from Chiurucu Mine, Dos de Mayo Province, Huanuco Dept., Peru [http://img.irocks.com/new2012/Rhodonite-Chiurucu-Peru-28mm-JB672-13.jpg]
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 temrinations and rich color, though later finds produced more quantity of other styles. Complete all around, and gorgeous. Joe Budd Photos.
Rhodonite in Galena from Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia [http://img.irocks.com/2014-updates/TUC14/Rhodonite-BrokenHill-Australia-7cm-JB1249-04.jpg]
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.
Rhodonite from Franklin Mine, Sussex County, New Jersey, USA [http://img.irocks.com/usa1/usa15abg.jpg]
Franklin Mine, Sussex County, New Jersey, USA
Small Cabinet, 7.9 x 5.0 x 3.9 cm
A large, rich specimen of solid rhodonite crystals, from an old collection in Italy: The large rhodonite in the top apex is 3 cm , doubly terminated, tip to tip. All the major crystals are well terminated, though the peripheral crystals show some contact or damage. The piece looks good horizontal or vertical. This is an old specimen!