ex. Sam Nasser
Classic combination piece from old Broken Hill, hard to obtain in this quality! the rhodonite is translucent, and a riveting wine red color!.
A 2.3 x 0.6 x 0.5 cm crystal of GEM rhodonite, perched in contrasting galena matrix! GEMMY rhodonite crystals, of this magnitude, are SO rare! I am told this came out in the 1940s. The crystal is complete, and fully terminated (though as is typical, the termination is a bit rounded by nature). I have seen in 2 decades only 3 specimens of this calibre for sale. It is not about size, but about the beauty and quality of this gem crystal....this is a RARE treasure! I was shocked when i saw it available. the last one i handled was of similar size, and quality, and ended up selling for over 10k on the resale market
This is an ever more rare form of rhodonite, from a small find back in the 60s (i am told). It has association with sharp black crystals of bannisterite (more on the backside). The major crystal here is 2 cm, and doubly-terminated. I have seen just a handful of these for sale. They grew in a free pocket, not in association and embedded in galena as with most BH rhodonites. Thus, the crystals have really perfect faces and terminations not rounded or constrained by contact. The color saturation is lower, but the elegance factor is higher. And, they are super-rare
The incredible, gemmy red color emanating from these new find of rhodonites blows away all but the very best of the far more famous ones from Broken Hill in Australia. However, these new rhodonites are often only partially euhedral with one or two good faces, aside from a few super crystals like this one which are better formed. This one is complete front and back, and has a contact termination (as do many of the Broken Hill rhodonites) on the left side . It is probably a mix of damage and contact on the right side. Nevertheless, it displays awesomely and the rich cherry color is tops in the world of rhodonite. Front and back shown in upper row. Side view from the contact shown i nbottom photo. JUST IN GEM VALUE FOR ROUGH RHODONITE, this crystal is worht at least this price. It has HUGE gemmy zones throughout, and is mostly gem rough.
Really good, unusually sharp, translucent crystals of classic Franklin rhodonite, embedded in contrasting matrix. This is a great thumbnail example - most specimens are big and clunky in comparison and good thumbs are especially hard to obtain. Beyond that, though, these crystals are very fine.
A superb thumbnail! This piece has excellent crystals of both species, and is quite aesthetic as well. Complete all around
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 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
Incredible elegance marks this piece, to my eye, as one of the finer miniatures from this find. The mine has been trickling out rhodonites now for a few years, in addition to previous finds around 1990 and 1998 of different style entirely. This style, though, appeals particularly to me for its fancy , gracile, aesthetics. Most previous pockets and finds here are of clumped, thick groups of crystals. A piece like this , though, is a bit fragile and you can imagine that not many are found, nor make it out to market. Joe Budd photos
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.
ex. University of Arizona
A classic US locality specimen, this piece features sharp red-pink rhodonite crystals to 1.5 cm in calcite matrix. The calcite fluoresces a strong , intense orange color under UV. From the collection of the University of Arizona Museum, ex. GM Butler collection (donated in the 1960s). Joe Budd photos
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!
ex. George Elling
A large, matrix rhodonite with sharp red crystals in contrasting stark white calcite matrix. The little black crystals are franklinite. The large rhodonite in the middle is 6.5 cm , doubly terminated, tip to tip (though it has a growth interruption in the midpoint). These crystals are sharply terminated, and of high quality, thus. Photographs dramatically as a vertical but in person, it looks much better with the crystals diagonally up, and the piece horizontal overall. This is an old specimen, Ex Harvard Museum to Paterson Museum collection, to George Elling collection.
ex. George Elling
At 1600 grams, this is a fairly good-sized, impressively hefty specimen! Like the above piece, I am frankly shocked I talked my Franklin-loving friend into culling it as a duplicate because although he has other major willemites (in an extensive collection!), these two are really fine ones the likes of which I have not seen on the public market for sale, recently. This piece features fat willemite crystals to 7 cm tall, with a few franklinites perched upon them. They are ensconced in calcite (fluorescent red) and rhodonite matrix. The specimen was long on display in the Paterson Museum, which only let it trade out as part of an exchange for some extremely rare and valuable New Jersey pearls from the 1800s...or this never would have left the museum. A superb, impactful specimen!
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