1.75" Intricate Botryoidal Rhodochrosite - Santa Eulalia, Mexico

This is a gorgeous aggregation of sparkling rhodochrosite crystals that are tightly packed together, creating this pale, salmon-pink botryoidal formation. The specimen was collected from Potosi Mine on the Santa Eulalia mining district of Chihuahua, Mexico. The specimen measures 1.75" wide.

This specimen has been mounted with mineral tack for museum-quality display.

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 & Pyrrhotite
Potosi Mine, Santa Eulalia Mining District, Chihuahua, Mexico
1.75" wide