Rhodochrosite and Quartz
Small Cabinet, 9.0 x 6.7 x 1.8 cm
Cavnic, Muramures, Romania

On a matrix of sparkling white, drusy quartz, which has a very nice sculptural quality, is a crust of rich pink, lustrous, intergrown, platy crystals, of rhodochrosite, which have formed flower-like, rosettes. The largest rosette measures .7 cm across. The crystal quality is extremely high for the locality! Note that the paler hue of pink in the second photo, the closeup, is more accurate.