Rhodochrosite & Pyrite (classic locale) Chet Lemanski Coll.

Oppu mine, Nakatsugaru District, Aomori Prefecture, Japan
Small Cabinet, 5.4 x 4.0 x 3.3 cm
Start Time: 09/11/2020 6:30:00 pm (CDT)
End Time: 09/17/2020 6:30:00 pm (CDT)
Auction Closed
Winning Bidder: Private Bidder

Item Description

Beautiful, rose-red spherical aggregates of tiny lustrous, translucent rhodochrosite rhombs and very light pink glassy rhodo aggregates are richly and aesthetically scattered on the sculptural small cabinet mounded matrix with a myriad of tiny lustrous, contrasting brassy pyritohedrons. The underlying matrix includes sphalerite, pyrite and quartz. Oppu Mine rhodochrosite is the most important and classic Japanese locale for the species, long after its closing in 1979. This historic and ancient mine has been worked for silver, copper, lead, zinc and cadmium and finally for banded rhodochrosite since the late 1600s (MINDAT). Crystallized rhodos from here date from before WWII to over 100 years ago! Ex Chester Lemanski Collection. We just acquired his large collection. Read about Chester at his mindat.org Home Page: https://www.mindat.org/user-461.html. A fine quality rhodo and pyrite combination from this historic mine.