Rhodochrosite on Manganite
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Cabinet, 11.5 x 6.4 x 4.2 cm
N'Chwaning II Mine, North Cape Province, South Africa
This is a very showy and large display specimen from the classic finds of the late 1970s and early 1980s here. It is a cabinet sized rhodochrosite from on eof the world's two most fmaous sources for the mineral, and at a price which I can only make because it was a "fixer upper" from an old collection, that needed cleaning. Emplaced on a massive, black manganite matrix are beautifully intergrown hemispheres of lustrous and translucent, red rhodochrosite, to 1.5 cm across. When put in a case and backlit, the edges glow red. Shown here under strong halogen light, it is perhaps a darker shade than in room lighting or more subdued light.