Rhodochrosite on Manganite
N'Chwaning I Mine, Kuruman, Kalahari manganese fields, Northern Cape Province, South Africa
Small Cabinet, 6.4 x 4.2 x 2.5 cm
Ex. Lawrence H. Conklin
This style of rhodochrosite came out in the early 1980s and is often referred to as "wheatsheaves." The color can truly be called "cherry red." Here is a relatively large, rolling plate of the gemmy, transparent to translucent crystals on manganese matrix. The luster is so brilliant in person, it is hard to convey in photos....but it is like glass, in real life. These are beautiful and truly unique rhodochrosite formations, not found anywhere else, and have always gone for a premium since day one. Today, such specimens, especially in this size, are hard to come by on the open market. Although there are a few small dings, this is very nearly pristine on its display face and for the size, an uncommon find. This is one of those original specimens, long in the private collection of dealer Lawrence Conklin.