Rhodochrosite on Manganite (rare, old locale)

Moanda Mine, Haut-Ogooue Province, Gabon
Small Cabinet, 6.0 x 3.3 x 1.3 cm
Start Time: 03/05/2009 8:00:00 pm (CST)
End Time: 03/12/2009 8:37:03 pm (CDT)
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Item Description

A very showy and rich, two-sided crust covered with gemmy, dark cherry-red to reddish-brown rhodochrosite scalenohedrons to 6 mm in nicely contrasting massive manganite matrix from a RARE and OLD LOCALITY, the Moanda Manganese Mine in Gabon. Some of the rhodochrosites are doubly terminated and a few are very interestingly, two-tone or zoned. This material came out in the 1970s and early 1980s and no more have been found. For the location this is an excelent quality in this size range. Valued $900-1200

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