Small Cabinet, 7.0 x 5.5 x 4.0 cm
Chiurucu (Chiuruco) Mine, Huallanca, Bolognesi Province, Ancash Department, Peru

Rhodonite from this mine is deservedly famous, and the specimens are highly desirable when they came with good color and sharp crystals. This is a piece from finds a few years ago that has superb, sharp crystals to 2 cm, in a beautiful spray atop a small cast of matrix. The sheer impact of the color is noticeable from across a room. The color is more red than pink, and would be at the top of the color scale for the material. Much of what you see is more pink, on the market. Also, the luster here is about as good as I have seen for the material in recent years, as it has come from a trickle of pockets mined by hand since the major mining efforts here stopped. So, overall this is a beautiful specimen, in a good size range, with a fair significance for the modern finds here. Joe Budd photos

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