Rhodochrosite and Quartz
Huayllapon Mine, Pasto Bueno District, Pallasca Province, Ancash Department, Peru
Small Cabinet, 6.7 x 6.3 x 3.3 cm
This specimen surprise dme when I first saw it, because I thought to myself the label was surely wrong - it HAD to be Sweet Home, did it not?! But, it IS a peruvian rhodo, and one of such shocking color quality and gemminess and glassy luster that it looks more like a Sweet Home rhodo than like any other Peru rhodo I have seen. The sharpness and luster, just seem to me so unique and so good, that this piece stands above most other Peruvian rhodos except possibly the top pieces of the famous pocket from Pasto Beuno with bigger crystals (late 70s?). However, those had big crystals, but not of better quality. THIS piece is the peru rhodo for a collector who wants a rhodo from Peru that could fit in with Sweet Home and Ncwhaning rhodos, and not sacrifice quality to own the locale.