Rhodochrosite and Manganite
Hotazel Mine, Kalahari Mn field, Northern Cape Province, South Africa
Miniature, 4.8 x 3.0 x 3.0 cm
The Kalahari Mn field has produced its share of great Rhodo specimens. This one rates 'very cool' - a gemmy to translucent .3-.4 cm layer coating a botryoidal matrix. Sandwiched in between is a layer of fine crystalline Manganite. The Rhodochrosite varies from red to pink, and the luster is very good. The color variation is quite attractive, and is usually an indicator of temperature variations as the Rhodochrosite grows. A very interesting, and equally attractive, effect. The largest ball of Rhodo is 2.3 cm across. This is pre-1980 Hotazel - a definite oldie and cutie!