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Rhodochrosite - Sold

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 specimen consists of a tight grouping of rhombohedral crystals with excellent rose red color. And with bright luster. And great transparency. A very attractive display specimen, too large for a competitive thumbnail display. This size category is sometime called a toenail.