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Rhodochrosite (excellent - classic find) viewBack to Weekly COLLECTION LIQUIDATION AUCTIONS - Dec 22,2011

N'Chwaning I Mine, Kalahari manganese fields, South Africa
  • Starting Time:12/15/2011 06:30:00 PM(CST)
  • Ending Time:12/22/2011 06:30:00 PM(CST)
  • Time Left:Auction Is Closed

  • Size:4.7 x 3.8 x 1.5 cm
  • Size Description:Miniature

Description:A striking and exceptional rhodochrosite from the famous 1970s and 80s finds at the Nchwaning I Mine. Glassy, translucent, deep cherry-red rhombs form beautiful intergrown, flattened, radial aggregates with outstanding aesthetics. Some people call these the 'horse-apple' form, which is relatively rare for the finds. These are named for their similarity to the large nubby fruit of the American Osage-orange. There are even a few attached scalenohedrons. The backlit photo highlights the gorgeous, famous color saturation. Just a bit of periphery wear is noted. The back has been sawed to enhance the display view and the backlighting-induced translucency. Highly desirable rhodochrosite, only available from advanced, recycled old collections. Valued at $2000

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