Rhodochrosite, Stilbite, Chalcopyrite, Sphalerite
Starnitsa deposit, Davidkovo ore field, Rhodope Mts, Smolyan Oblast, Bulgaria
Small Cabinet, 9.3 x 6.6 x 2.5 cm
The various ore bodies in southern Bulgaria have produced a lot of memorable sulfide and carbonate specimens, and even though the Rhodochrosite from this area is not world-class, it is the only locality that I know of where Rhodochrosite occurs with stilbite. This piece would be a good association specimen without the Stilbite crystals, but the color combination of pink Rhodochrosite, with white Stiblite, golden Chalcopyrite and underlain brownish Sphalerite makes this a very attractive and unusual piece. The Stilbite crystals are admittedly small, but the fact that they are sitting atop Rhodochrosite makes it all the more enticing. Ex. Brian Kosnar Collection.