Rhodochrosite (Set)
Capillitas Mine, Andalgala, Catamarca, Argentina
Small Cabinet, 7.1 x 3.6 x 3.5 cm
GEM: 1.0 x 0.8 x 0.5 cm (3.55 carats) At one time, rhodochrosite stalagtites from Argentina were readily available at rocks shows around the country. Today, good ones with little damage and rich color are quickly disappearing from the market. This stalagtite has what you want as a specimen collector - very nice sharp crystal terminations along the outside. Inside, the stalagtite has nice richly colored, concentric growth lines, typical of the better pieces from this area. Some bruising present along the outside of the stalagtite on rear faces, but it displays well and is much better than what we normally see around. I recently found a nice cut stone for the locality - unusual because this material is mostly 100% opaque and a stone this large, with such translucency, is rare. The stone is valued at $150 (my cost) or more only but is a nice accent!