Rhodonite (Twin)
Thumbnail, 1.7 x 1.1 x 0.9 cm
Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia
This is an utterly superb and nearly unique v-twin of Rhodonite. The transparent red color, excellent luster, and habit are so rare that together this is a thumbnail rhodonite specimen beyond compare. It is unrepaired, BTW. I asked some Aussie friends about this habit and was told that it probably was mined some 60-80 years ago and that they are as rare as I thought they were. One collector said he remembered seeing one just like it in the stock of dealer Rob Sielecki over a decade ago, and we surmised this is probably the same piece. I know of no other similar that has been for sale, certainly.