N'Chwaning II Mine, Kuruman, Kalahari manganese fields, Northern Cape Province, South Africa
Miniature, 3.7 x 2.8 x 2.7 cm

Rhodochrosite of this style came from N'Chwaning in the early 1980s, and today is elusive to find on the market. This cute miniature reminds me of a flower. It is highly unusual, with secondary crystals grown atop the earlier generation of elongated, gemmy, cherry-red scalenohedra. The top layer of crystallization has a strange, truncated termination with little flat tops on each crystal. I have seen only a handful of these specimens, surely all from the same pocket, for sale over the years. Joe Budd Photos

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