4.5" Rhodochrosite Stalactite Slice - Crystalline Pattern

This is a gorgeous, high-quality, polished, rhodochrosite stalactite slice from the famous Capillitas Mine in Argentina. This specimen has been polished on both sides and has a desirable dark pink color with an unusual crystalline pattern to it. There is a rind of pyrite around the edges of the slice.

This specimen comes with an acrylic 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.
Rhodochrosite & Pyrite
Capillitas Mine, Catamarca Province, Argentina
4.5 x 3.4", .35" thick