Steve's Pocket, Fluorite Raise, Sweet Home Mine, Alma, Park Co., Colorado, USA
Cabinet, 16.3 x 9.7 x 6.1 cm
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A significant, very large rhodochrosite specimen from the heyday of mining here in the late 1990's. It comes from one of the very few zones in the mine which had fluorite, as you can see little purple cubes accenting the bottom of the specimen. Crystals range to 3 cm and have a wonderful cherry-red hue to them, and excellent sharpness. Specimens like this in such a size usually have multiple (and I would say quite acceptable) repairs, but this piece has none. It is one of the very few plates of this size that have turned up for sale at all in the recent years, period, let alone at a price well under 7 figures (a price range which I have seen asked and realized for Sweet Home rhodochrosite in this day and time). I was lucky to obtain this via an exchange from an older collection, and from the original owner. One simply cannot even find these things for public sale, normally, and so I am happy to have one to present on the site. Back when I had a personal collection of a dozen rhodo's, I would have kept this one, for sure. Joe Budd photos. Comes with custom lucite base.