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Beautiful, hard to obtain, specimen of the older Colorado Rhodocrosites with very attractive pastel pink crystals up to 0.7 cm aesthesically distributed over a matrix of sparkly Quartz.
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This specimen featuring a huge 6.5 x 3.5 cm Rhodocrosite crystal (unrepaired) on nicely contrasting lustrous black Tetrahedrite matix was a significant find near the start of the Sweet Home remining venture begun by Bryan Lees of Collectors Edge in the early 1990's. The crystal is complete all around and has an interesting terraced (natural) surface. Although not gemmy, it is translucent and glows a cherry red throughout, when backlit.
Small pink crystal clusters of Rhodocrosite with minor Quartz surround a 2x1 cm black crystal of Sphalerite.
Gorgeous large plate of deep salmon pink crystals of Rhodocrosite. Even better in person !!
Large, rich Colorado classic specimen of beautiful bright pink Rhodocrosite in great balance with snowy white Quartz. Not common on the market, especially of this size and showiness.
The less common botryoidal form of Rhodocrosite from an equally uncommon location.
Very pretty and unusual specimen of towering stems of pale pink rosettes of Rhodocrosite with Quartz and minor Pyrite.
A very good specimen of Sweet Home Mine Rhodocrosite with Quartz.
Another great Chinese Rhodocrosite - this one being essentially a single large crystal (Floater) with beautifully defined sharp edges and terrific luster.
Super, large showy specimen out of the Wein Collection, a well known European collection dispersed a few years ago. Dozens of gorgeous bright pink rosettes of Rhodocrosite are clustered on a rolling bed of microcrystalline Quartz, both on a thick Rhodocrosite rich matrix.
Nice Sunnyside Mine specimen of pretty pink crystals of Rhodocrosite nicely dispersed on snowy Quartz.
Unusual and attractive light lavender Rhodocrosite crystals on matrix.
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Background on Rhodocrosite
Rhodocrosite was first described in 1813 in reference to a sample from Cavnic, Maramureş, present-day Romania. According to Dimitrescu and Radulescu, 1966 and to Papp, 1997, this mineral was described for the first time in Sacaramb, Romania, not in Cavnic, Romania. The name is derived from the Greek word ῥοδόχρως meaning rose-colored.

Colorado officially named Rhodochrosite as its state mineral in 2002 based on a proposal by a local high school (Platte Canyon High School in Bailey,Colorado). The reason for this lies in the fact that while the mineral is found worldwide, large red crystals are found only in a few places on earth, and some of the best specimens have been found in the Sweet Home Mine near Alma, Colorado.

The Alma King is the largest known Rhodochrosite crystal; it was found in the Sweet Home Mine near Alma, Colorado. It is on display in the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.

The Incas believed that Rhodochrosite is the blood of their former rulers, turned to stone, therefore it is sometimes called "Rosa del Inca" or "Inca Rose".

The pink color of Rhodochrosite is caused by the element manganese and it is formed when manganese is dissolved by ground water and combines with a carbonate material and then drips off the ceiling of caves and crevices deep underground.  It is found in Argentina, Peru, South Africa, Colorado and Montana, U.S, and Quebec, Canada.

Individual crystals are found in well shaped rhombohedrons and more rarely scalahedrons.
The massive form is more commonly found in the form of stalactites and stalagmites in the caves of Argentina.  Massive Rhodochrosite  often  forms pink and white bands, which is carved into figurines or boxes while the tubular stalactite formations are often sliced for use in jewelry. Fine gem quality crystals are sometimes cut into gemstones for use in high end jewelry, but the more common grade is used extensively in silver and gold jewelry.

Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada has produced many fine rare minerals but it also produces some nice Rhodochrosite specimens as well. Specimens from here are generally small, but have a good color and are associated with rarer minerals. Japan has yielded some wondeful botryoidal forms of Rhodocrosite.

N'Chwanging Mine, Hotazel, South Africa has produced possibly the best examples of scalahedral crystals of Rhodochrosite. The unusual crystal habit is due in part to this being one of a few sedimentary crystallizing environments for the species.





A gorgeous, very colorful and rich specimen covered with clusters of glistening, gemmy and lustrous, rose-red, Rhodocrosite rhombs. scattered Quartz crystals are a nice accent. The matrix is massive sulfides. In very good condition with only some trivial contact bruising.
An excellent, showy and rich, two-sided crust covered with gemmy, dark cherry-red to redddish brown scalenohedrons of Rhodocrosite to 6mm in length on a nicely contrasting massive manganite matrix from a rare amd old locality, the Moanda Manganese mine in Gabon. Some of the crystals are doubly terminated and a few are two-tone or zoned.
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Pretty plate of solid Rhodocrosite with nice rhombohedrons up to 1.25 x 1.25 cm.
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Cluster of Rhodocrosite rhombs (to 1x1.5 cm) from the famous Sweet Home Mine.
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I bought this outstanding Rhodocrosite from Jordi Fabre at the 2006 Tucson Gem & Mineral Show and sold it, but recently re-aquired it. Jordi said I could quote him that it is the best specimen he had from a recent find in the Manuelita mine. This Rhodocrosite has rhombohedral crystals, up to 1.5 cm, of excellent color. The quality of the specimens from this find or cavity are very superior to what has been usual for the mine.

See the May-June, 2006 Issue of the Mineralogical Record, p. 241 for reference to Jordi Fabre and the find where this specimen originated in an article "What's New in Minerals" by Tom Moore.
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Very pretty and unusual specimen of towering stems of pale pink rosettes of Rhodocrosite on Quartz crystals and accenting Pyrite.
Light pink rhombohedrons of Rhodocrosite on a solid plate of Rhodocrosite.
Super specimen of complex tabular Calcite crystals that have been replaced by Rhodocrosite. Also, has secondary growth of white, translucent Calcite crystals. Very aesthetic and in fine condition. The Romanian Mines are now closed and such specimens are rarily available.
Gemmy Rhodocrosite crystals on Manganese matrix.
Rhodocrosite ps. after Calcite
Cavnic, Maramures, Romania
13 x 8 x 7 cm
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Rhodocrosite with Quartz
Mina Manuelita (October 2005), Morococha, Junin, Peru
10 x 9.5 x 5 cm
       $3,700
Rhodocrosite Crystal (2.5 inch) on Tetrahedrite with Quartz
Sweet Home Mine, Alma, Colorado
15 x 8 x 7.5 cm
Ex-Dr. Mark Feinglos Collection
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Rhodocrosite with Quartz
Manuelita Mine, Morococha District, Junin Department, Peru
10.8 x 7.5 x 6.7 cm
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Rhodocrosite on Manganite (Rare, old locale)
Moanda Mine, Haut-Ogooue Province, Gabon, Africa
6 x 3.3 x 1.3 cm
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Rhodocrosite Crystals on Manganese Matrix
Potosi Mine, Santa Eulalia, Mexico
5 x 5 x 4 cm
Ex-Jorge Diaz Asenjo Collection
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Rhodocrosite
Manuelita Mine, Morococha District, Junin Department, Peru
9.5 x 9 x 4 cm
      $300
Rhodocrosite, Sphalerite and Quartz                  
Santa Rita Mine, Morococha District, Yauli Province, Lima Departmentt, Peru
8 x 7.5 x 4 cm
       $225
Rhodocrosite
Santa Rita Mine, Morococha District, Yauli Province, Lima Department, Peru
13 x 9.5 x 4 cm
      $400
Rhodocrosite on Quartz
Sunnyside Mine, San Juan County, Colorado
13 x 9.5 x 5.5 cm
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Botryoidal Rhodocrosite
Kounrad Massif, Balqash Region, Zhezqazghan Oblysy, Kazakhstan
9.5 x 5.5 x 5 cm
       $350
Rhodocrosite with Quartz & Pyrite
Hezhou (Babu) Prefecture, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China
12 x 9 x 3.5 cm
      $500
Rhodocrosite with Quartz
Hedgehog Pocket, Main Stope Drift, Sweet Home Mine, Alma, Colorado
10 x 6.2 x 4.4 cm
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Rhodocrosite Crystal Cluster
Hedgehog Pocket, Sweet Home Mine, Alma, Colorado, USA
5 x 5 x 3 cm
Ex-Edward David Collection
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Rhodocrosite
Manuelita Mine, Morococha District, Junin Department, Peru
9.5 x 9 x 4 cm
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Rhodocrosite on Quartz
American Tunnel Mine (Gold King Mine), Howardsville, Silverton District, San Juan Co., Colorado, USA
9.5 x 7.5 x 2.6 cm
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Rhodocrosite Crystal (Floater)
Babu Area, Hezhou, Guangxi Province, China
5.5 x 4 x 1.5 cm
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Rhodocrosite on Quartz
Cavnic, Maramures, Romania
19 x 11.5 x 4.5 cm
Ex-Rolf Wein Collection
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Rhodocrosite on Quartz
Sunnyside Mine near Silverton, San Juan County, Colorado
12.5 x 8 x 5 cm
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Rhodocrosite on Matrix
Santa Eulalia District, Mun. de Aquiles Serdan, Chihuahua, Mexico
9 x 6.5 x 2 cm
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Rhodocrosite on Quartz with Pyrite
Guangxi Zhung AR, China
11.5 x 8 x 4.5 cm
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Rhodocrosite with Pyrite & Quartz
Manuelita Mine, Morococha District, Yauli Province, Junín Department, Peru
8.8 x 4.8 x 3.8 cm
Ex-Art Soregaroli Collection
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Unusual and aesthetic combination of undulating stacks of flattened, pastel-pink Rhodocrosite rhombs topped by a pretty rosette. Adorned with clusters of small, brassy, pyritohedrons and with a nice spray of quartz points. Note the interesting cavernous formation on the right end.
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Rhodocrosite with Quartz
Butte, Silver Bow County, Montana, USA
7.9 x 6.4 x 3.8 cm
Ex-Bob Trimingham Collection
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A sculptural, 3-dimensional specimen of intergrown, translucent, lightly frosted, pastel-pink Rhodocrosite rhombs. A neat, well placed cluster of cactus like Quartz crystals provides a beautiful accent to the piece. Essentially pristine, except for trivial edge wear. Likely from the Emma Mine, source of much of Butte rhodos. Formerly in the Royal Brown Collection.
Rhodocrosite Crystals on Matrix
Uchucchacua Mine, Oyon Province, Lima Department, Peru
8 x 5 x 2.5 cm
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Beautiful, dark red scalenohedral crystals (to 1.5x0.5 cm) clustered atop a dark matrix.
Rhodocrosite
Manuelita Mine, Morococha District, Yauli Province, Junín Department, Peru
5 x 3.5 x 1 cm
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Sparkly botryoidal crust of Rhodocrosite.
Rhodocrosite Crystal on Matrix
Uchucchacua Mine, Oyon Province, Lima Department, Peru
7.5 x 6 x 3 cm
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Nice cluster of Rhodocrosite crystals in a vuggy like cavity on matrix.
Rhodocrosite Crystals with Quartz
Hedgehog Pocket, Main Stope Drift, Sweet Home Mine, Alma, Colorado, USA
3.2 x 3.1 x 1.6 cm
Ex-Hugh Hammerslag Collection
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Very nice, large thumbnail specimen of Rhodocrosite crystals (to 1x0.8 cm) with Quartz from the famous Sweet Home Mine.
Even better in person.