San Martín Mine, Huallanca Dist., Bolognesi Prov., Áncash, Peru
Small Cabinet, 5.9 x 4.0 x 3.9 cm
Ex. R. D. Mushlitz; David Lucas
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A gorgeous Rhodonite with deeply colored, wavy crystals and a fine display: Prior to 1991, fine Rhodonite specimens were known from only Franklin, New Jersey and Broken Hill, Australia. The style of these Rhodonites recovered from Chiurucu in the early 1990s is of a completely different and more attractive style than than the old classics. Rhodonites from Chiurucu, like this one, are composed of rich, translucent pink crystals in bladed, parallel or subparallel groups reaching 2 cm in length! The luster and translucence is excellent, and the crystals exhibit an intense, robust hot pink color that only came out in this first major find of 1990-1991. This is a significant small cabinet piece from the most significant find of this mine, now 30 years ago. This is an excellent piece in nearly pristine condition with only minor contacting at the bottom of the piece and a few barely noticeable dings on some of the crystals. The 1990s material is superior in color to what came out later in a few other pockets. It has had only 2 owners in the last 30 years: from our old friend Dick Mushlitz, years ago, to David Lucas of London, who has recently deaccessioned this piece. In between, we had loaned it to the Hangzhou Museum in Hanzhou, the major metropolis in Zhejiang Province of China and source of Dragon Well green tea, for a 9 month exhibition of "Nature's Art" and foreign mineral specimens. It comes with a museum label from the exhibition, as well as a custom lucite base for nice vertical display.