- Gems and Jewelry, 15.0 x 11.0 x 7.0 mm; 9.41 cts
- N'Chwaning II Mine, Kuruman, Kalahari manganese fields, Northern Cape Province, South Africa
An absolutely superb and irreplaceable rarity because of its size and quality, this gem dates to the few pockets of large crystals found in 1978-1980. Cut by Spectrum Award-winning cutter Mark Kaufman, this rich red gem is an impressive oval that has remarkable presence in person and more internal brightness than you would expect for often-sleepy rhodochrosite gems. The polish is amazing, highly glassy. Another top quality collector's stone suitable for any sophisticated collector or a rough-and-cut display. Clean and bright and an excellent value in today's market.