Rhodochrosite on Tetrahedrite
Corner Pocket, Sweet Home Mine, Mount Bross, Alma District, Park Co., Colorado, USA
Cabinet, 13.0 x 12.0 x 5.0 cm

The Corner Pocket of the late 1990's remains one of the best single finds of Sweet Home rhodochrosite for a number of reasons: the large crystal size, cherry color, translucency, and the startling contrast on desirable black matrix of crystallized tetrahedrite. This specimen, which went into a major European collection back in around 2005, epitomizes the good qualities of that pocket. It features large sharp crystals to 4.5 cm, with excellent color and translucency. They are displayed about as dramatically as you can ask, on the dark jet black tetrahedrite, and with aesthetic spacing and individuality that was not often seen among many pieces that were more "jumbly." Remarkably, there are no repairs to the specimens at all, although there are a few very minor restoration spots on the periphery of some crystals to fill in dings (quite acceptable on specimens of such magnitude). Most people consider these red-on-black specimens from this mine to set the standard for degrees of fineness and comparison from pocket to pocket. Few can be had, particularly in this size range and nearly 20 years after they were found. I have tried to trade out this cabinet piece for nearly a decade to get it back on the market and only recently succeeded. Comparable pieces have not been publicly for sale in many years. Joe Budd photo. Comes with custom lucite base.