Rhodochrosite and Hubnerite on Quartz

Hedgehog Pocket, Sweet Home Mine, Alma, Park Co., Colorado
Small Cabinet, 6.4 x 6.1 x 5.6 cm
Start Time: 01/07/2010 6:30:00 pm (CST)
End Time: 01/19/2010 7:14:21 pm (CST)
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Item Description

This beautiful combination piece is from the famous Hedgehog pocket found around 10 years ago now, named for obvious reasons for the spiky quartz protruding out, on which the gem rhodochrosites sit. The rhodochrosites, as typical from this pocket, are extremely sharp and rhombohedral with clear, gemmy faces. They are either translucent, or in some cases fully transparent so that you can look down through them to the quartz on which they are impaled. A few small crystals of pyrite an dhubnerite are a bonus association here. This specimen is good on the front and back, with crystals on each side (though it is much richer on the front). The largest crystals reach just under 1 cm on edge, and about 1.3 cm across the long diagonal. This specimen should be considered an exceptional quality for the size and price range, I would expect to see between $3000-5000 at a show; and would be hard to beat in that category today considering how few nice pieces are on the market. 275 grams

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