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Rhodochrosite is a manganese carbonate, structurally related to calcite. Lampadius (1800) first used this mineral name, as cited in Hausmann's 1813 Handbuch der Mineralogie. The name combines Greek roots rhodo for rose and chrosis for coloring. Rhodochrosite is highly popular among mineral collectors due to its color, transparency, and crystal size. A typical friendly debate among collectors is whether Colorado or South African rhodochrosite specimens represent the world's best of species.

This is a modest matrix specimen with rhombohedral crystals to 5 mm on a quartz matrix. The backside of the specimen has poorly developed purple fluorite in association.

Price: $300

Item code: MS1407

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