Rhodochrosite on Tetrahedrite with Quartz
Small Cabinet, 9.0 x 6.1 x 5.0 cm
Sweet Home Mine, Mount Bross, Park Co., Colorado, USA

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A fine plate of Tetrahedrite adorned with juicy red Rhodochrosite rhombs isolated on black matrix, and a little Quartz for accent! Even more than that, several fluorapatites (see the bright orange under fluorescence) are scattered about as well, including several on the surface of the main crystal. The Sweet Home has arguably produced some of the best Rhodochrosite in the world and this piece is a fantastic example with those large, succulent, transparent red crystals to one inch (2.5 cm) across embellishing the metallic gray, crystalline Tetrahedrite matrix! Several white Quartz needles are present locally as are a few tiny (1 to 3mm) frosted Fluorite crystals strategically perched on the Tetrahedrite. The audacious red Rhodos are well-isolated and just glow giving a commanding presence to this fine small cabinet specimen. These isolated, sharp crystals, in lieu of just a jumbly mess, are highly desirable, so long after they came out, to distinguish the finer quality specimens.

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