1.3" Vibrant Pink Rhodochrosite - Sweet Home Mine, Colorado

This is a 1.3" wide piece of intense red-pink rhodochrosite from the famed Sweet Home Mine in Park County, Colorado. This is one of the world's best localities for rhodochrosite, often producing massive rhombohedral crystals in deep shades of red and magenta. This crystal cluster is a beauty, showing off numerous lustrous faces and characteristic cleavage.

It has been mounted to an acrylic display base with mineral tack.

Rhodochrosite is a manganese carbonate mineral with the chemical composition MnCO3. The crystals typically have a rosy pink to red coloration with rhombohedral cleaving in three directions. It forms from hydrothermal pockets and can be found as both crystals and in banded formations. Its color and occasional banding patterns make it a popular stone for faceting and cutting into cabochons. Premier specimens come from China, South Africa, Argentina, where it is the national mineral, and from the Sweet Home Mine in Alma, Colorado.
Rhodochrosite & Galena
Sweet Home Mine, Mount Bross, Alma Mining District, Park County, Colorado
1.3 x 1.1"