Rhodonite With Calcite
Miniature, 3.4 x 2.7 x 2.3 cm
Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia
This is an ever more rare form of rhodonite, from a small find back in the 60s (i am told). It has association with sharp black crystals of bannisterite (more on the backside). The major crystal here is 2 cm, and doubly-terminated. I have seen just a handful of these for sale. They grew in a free pocket, not in association and embedded in galena as with most BH rhodonites. Thus, the crystals have really perfect faces and terminations not rounded or constrained by contact. The color saturation is lower, but the elegance factor is higher. And, they are super-rare