San Martin Mine, Chiurucu, Huallanca, Ancash Department, Peru
Miniature, 5.4 x 4.1 x 2.5 cm
Incredible elegance marks this piece, to my eye, as one of the finer miniatures from this find. The mine has been trickling out rhodonites now for a few years, in addition to previous finds around 1990 and 1998 of different style entirely. This style, though, appeals particularly to me for its fancy, gracile, aesthetics. Most previous pockets and finds here are of clumped, thick groups of crystals. A piece like this, though, is a bit fragile and you can imagine that not many are found, nor make it out to market. Joe Budd photos