Conselheiro Lafaiete, Minas Gerais, Southeast Region, Brazil
Miniature, 4.4 x 3.2 x 2.3 cm
A smashing miniature that leaps off the shelf and glows red at you, from a distance. It has one of the most lustrous faces and sharp, 3-dimensional crystals I have yet seen from this important find, certainly the finest rhodonite crystals overall since Broken Hill produced a small number of gem crystals in the early 1900s. The major crystal is 3.1 cm across, and has a bevelled termination that curves back. You can see INTO the front face at least 5-6 mm, and in some places further when backlit. It look spolished, but its not - it came with brown carbonate scum grown over the face that I had to chemically remove. This is the only thing that protected that broad, exposed face from damage and scratching, though, I would warrant.