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Rhodochrosite, Quartz

Rhodochrosite : MnCO3, Quartz : SiO2
minID: 04T-QLP

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Dimensions: 9.6 cm x 6.7 cm x 4.1 cm

Every now and then you run across a specimen that just puts a smile on your face: not a "world beater", but just a good rock. This rhodochrosite on quartz from Cavnic is such a piece for its visual appeal aside from the historical value of being a classic example from early production out of this locality quite different than what is found in recent years. Several rosettes of lustrous, pastel pink rhodochrosite, to an INCH (2.5 cm across) are discretely arranged on a matrix of lustrous, snow white, sculptured, drusy quartz. The sparkle, texture, and color contrast makes this a very desirable specimen. Big, too! I cannot say when i last saw rhodo in such style from this locale. 9.6 x 6.7 x 4.1 cm

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Photo added: 3rd Jul 2006

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