Miniature, 5.0 x 3.5 x 3.2 cm
Mont St. Hilaire, Quebec, Canada

This is an unusually robust, sharp, and large rhodochrosite from a famous small pocket collected by Ernie Schlichter and friends, if I recall in the late 1980s. The crystals are unique for rhodochrosite, sharply twinned as you can see. Most are wafer thin, and thumbnail-sized. Only a few crystals in the pocket were as robust as this one (to 1.5 cm thick!), and as large. This one was kept by Ernie until sold with his collection, around 2003. It is an extreme rarity both for a Canadian specimen, and for rhodo in general.

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