Rhodonite (Gem)
Gems and Jewelry, 1.3 x 0.8 x 0.5 cm
Morro da Mina Mine, Conselheiro Lafaiete (old Queluz de Minas), Minas Gerais, Brazil

At 4.26 carats, this is a relatively large and clean gemstone from the new finds which came out over about 2007-2009 from this old mine. This cut stone is a rare large example for the species by any previous standard, and they are relatively inexpensive now while the mines are producing in Brazil. When this find is finished, there is no reason why the gems (and crystals) shouldn't shoot higher in valuations. By any previous standard, these are world class for the species and are frankly dirt cheap compared to anything even remotely comparable from the older finds in Australia. Stones such as this exist from older finds, only in extremely limited quantities and astronomical prices. Joe Budd photos