4.5" Rhodochrosite Stalactite Section - Gorgeous

This is a gorgeous, polished stalactite end-cut of rhodochrosite from the famous Capillitas Mine in Argentina. The face of this specimen has been polished to a mirror-like finish, with the back side of the specimen remaining rough and in its natural form. A large section of the exterior mineralization has been broken away from this specimen. The edge of this specimen has been cut flat, allowing for aesthetic presentation without the need for a display stand.

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.
Capillitas Mine, Catamarca Province, Argentina
4.5 x 4.3 x 1.5"