Rhodochrosite with Pyrite

Wudong Mine, Liubao, Wushou Prefecture, China
Miniature, 5.4 x 3.8 x 3.5 cm
Start Time: 03/05/2009 8:00:00 pm (CST)
End Time: 03/12/2009 8:15:00 pm (CDT)
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Item Description

The recent find of rhodochrosite in China caused a lot of excitement, as all new finds of rhodo typically do. While most of the specimens did not show superb crystals as you have come to expect from the Sweet Home, Peru and South Africa, they are still quite significant in the sense that crystallized rhodos (with decent-sized crystals, at least, and a certain amount of gemminess) are just so rare. These rhombs, to 1.5 cm, show a nice red glow, despite the natural internal fracturing. Sprinkled with little pyrites here and there. Has a $400 label from the previous dealer which frankly I thought was a very fair price already, and its worth more for the quality amidst the crowd.

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