Miniature, 3.2 x 2.9 x 1.3 cm
Conselheiro Lafaiete (old Queluz de Minas), Minas Gerais, Southeast Region, Brazil
Recently, a small trickle of incredible rhodonites have come out of this old manganese mine in Brazil, now undergoing much more exploration for specimen potential. They compare favorably to, and in fact are better than most, rhodonites from the classic older locality of Broken Hill. This is a rare instance in minerals when a new find takes us all off guard; and although the crystal habit is different than those from Broken Hill, for the first time in 60 years or more we have again some world class rhodonite crystals of size and gemminess. This partial crystal on a bit of matrix has three fine, intact faces.