Rhodonite gem crystal
Thumbnail, 2.1 x 2.1 x 0.6 cm
Conselheiro Lafaiete, Minas Gerais, Brazil

A beautiful crystal from circa-2010 finds at this very old manganese mining locality in Brazil, with glowing pinkish-red color and a superb front display face. The gemminess and luster is phenomenal here! The back appears to be a very clean and sharp, although there is very minor edgewear in spots, but this is nevertheless a very showy crystal among the top thumbnails of the species, in my opinion. The aesthetics are excellent, and it could almost be cut , rather than mounted as a specimen. Better in person, as well, this is among the finer crystals for the size - I should know, as I handled much of the finds of over $1million worth of this material when it came out. Few crystals in ANY size were so gemmy, and most theat were went straight to the gemcutters before I could buy them at the mine.

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