Rhodochrosite (great locality specimen) (ex Dr. William Logan Collection)

Santa Eulalia District, Aquiles Serdán Municipality, Chihuahua, Mexico
5.6 x 2.3 x 1.7 cm
Start Time: 08/22/2019 6:45:00 pm (CDT)
End Time: 08/29/2019 6:45:00 pm (CDT)
Auction Closed

Item Description

A notably large and impressive Rhodochrosite from a discovery in the 1970s at Santa Eulalia. This group might actually remind one more of a South African specimen than Mexico due to the fact that it's over 2 inches(!) long and has that classic tapered scalenohedral habit. The color is a beautiful orange-red, with pinkish highlights along the edges. Now the top of the group is not 100% complete, but it's not broken either, per se, as there are clearly old contacts that later recrystallized ("re-healed"). You can see there is a gentle luster and minute crystallization along the top terminations, so it's actually in great shape overall. A slight coating of crystalline Quartz on one side of the piece gives it character and allows for the specimen to be displayed from several angles. If you love Rhodochrosite or you're a collector of Mexican minerals, you can't deny this is one of the larger individual Rhodo group from any locality in this specimen-rich country. A really eye-catching and excellent quality specimen that most Rhodochrosite collectors do not have a good representation in their collections. I have this one priced at $3,500 for the sheer size of the crystals. From the worldwide Rhodochrosite collection of Dr. William S. Logan (Specimen #X108-2)